James O’Halloran of Adam’s fine art auctioneers: “When I get into a house to do an insurance valuation, it is not unusual to see a really expensive painting above an inexpensive Ikea item.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the country’s leading furniture and fine art specialists, James O’Halloran considers himself fortunate that, as a lad fresh out of college at 2(...)

This week is the perfect time to launch a new dating show, given that Vanity Fair has just written about the grim impact of Tinder on America’s dat(...)

Denis Russell with the paintings before they were taken away by gardaí

Art theft is a difficult crime to track not least because some paintings undergo a name change through the years. On Tuesday, gardaí in Baltinglass sa(...)

Denis Russell  shows the paintings he found in a hedge near his home in Co Wicklow on Tuesday. Photograph: Whelan family

A man cutting furze bushes in a field beside his holiday cottage in Co Wicklow on Tuesday has found paintings by leading Irish artists in a black b(...)

Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley: to spend even a short time with these three very different poets is to experience a tiny fraction of their love of words and their finely-tuned sense of mischief. Photograph: Dylan Madden

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is a solemn, formal, academic institution. The poets who hold it, however, tend to be anything but. Gather the three mo(...)

‘Pears on Pewter Platter’ by Hilda van Stockum, €1,000-€2,000 at de Veres

Auction Results Wednesday (June 10th) Bonhams, London. Auction of Modern British & Irish Art. The Bishop’s Castle Tearooms by Sir John Lave(...)

 Firedance, an artwork by dancer Michael Flatley. Flatley is set to enter the global art market with a selling exhibition in London. 3:12

  Michael Flatley, the dancer who has embarked on a new career as a painter, is to offer 25 pictures for sale in London at prices ranging (...)

‘Mule Team’ by Nevinson was painted in late 1917 following his return to London from a four-week tour of the trenches in his capacity as an official war artist

Mule Team, by the first World War artist CWV (Christopher) Nevinson – estimated at £250,000-£350,000 – is the top lot in the Modern British & Iris(...)

Detail from a portrait of British actress Gladys Cooper by Sir William Orpen which made €175,000, the top price paid for a painting at auction this year

Whyte’s auctioneers said Monday night’s Important Irish Art auction at the RDS – where 85 per cent of lots sold – had produced the company’s “best res(...)

Paul Henry: acquitted of the murder of his mother by reason of insanity

A Roscommon man acquitted of murdering his mother by reason of insanity last year has successfully appealed his acquittal and now faces a retrial.Paul(...)