Emigration and Irish Water featured on one of the most topical higher-level economics papers for years. Photograph: Getty Images

Emigration, Irish Water, the price of private rented accommodation, the value of the US dollar and restrictions on residential mortgage lending featur(...)

Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt 6:47

Democracy is alive and well on Irish offshore islands, if the tallies from last week’s referendum are anything to go by. Two of three Aran islands vot(...)

American author Suzanne Strempek Shea (l) with Mags Riordan, the subject of her new book, and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Strempek Shea will be reading at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Photograph: Suzanne Strempek Shea

A tribute to composer Seán Ó Riada by musicians Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and Mel Mercier and Druid Theatre’s latest Tom Murphy productions are among hig(...)

 Ed Joyce in action for Sussex. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

England selector Angus Fraser believes Ed Joyce would have stood a great chance of making his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in today’s first(...)

Living in a Coded Land

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, his visual essays, though comparably cont(...)

People who know about film know about Pat Collins. The Cork-born film-maker has long been respected for his original, thoughtful documentaries (...)

Pat Collin’s film is all about the middle, namely Co Westmeath

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, the film-maker’s visual essays, although (...)

Rich Gilligan’s exhibition DIY

A brooding presence at the centre of the Absolut Gallery on the Headford Road, John Gerrard’s Cuban Schools offers a melancholy vision of a system in (...)

Novelist Claire Kilroy, who will be  reading from her work at an event  today  hosted by the Irish ambassador to Belgium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last Tuesday evening, the lights dimmed across the courtyards of the 17th-century Irish college in Leuven near Brussels, as attention turned to the cl(...)