A cultural highlight: Tens of thousands people turned out to watch Royal de Luxe’s Grandmother crossing Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

The biggest event of Limerick’s year as National City of Culture had 250,000 people watching a giant granny move about a city, as she captivated he(...)

Ben Frost: ‘Something happens to music when you turn it up.’ Photograph: Börkur Sigthorsson

It might be five years since Ben Frost released a studio album, but it’s not like he has been slacking. Since By the Throat appeared in 2009, the A(...)

Andy Scott with Clydesdale horses in front of his ‘The Kelpies’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

One perhaps positive effect of the recession was that we didn’t get the massive Antony Gormley sculpture promised for Dublin’s Docklands. At the ti(...)

A work by Henri Matisse at the Tate Modern in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Where art goes, fashion is sure to follow. This spring has seen two major retrospectives at London’s Tate Modern: the darkly funny work of original(...)

Images of landmines from Dallaporta’s series ‘Anti-Personnel’

Steadily their effect develops – from attractive, through intriguing and unsettling, to disturbing. Raphaël Dallaporta’s series of 35 photographs o(...)

Immersion project: Richard Mosse, installing The Enclave at the RHA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Richard Mosse’s six-screen film installation The Enclave plunges us into a world that is unfamiliar, in more ways than one. Shot in the provinces of N(...)

‘We delivered’: Karl Wallace at Siama Tire in Tralee, of which he was director from 2008 to 2013. Photograph:  Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle

There’s a telling feature in the preview catalogue for this year’s Limerick City of Culture celebrations. The glossy brochure opens with a message (...)

The Perm State Ballet production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: ‘a rare privilege’
Our cultural highs and lows of 2013

Patrick Freyne Arts writer What were your highlights of the year? The beauty of Matthew Baynton and James Corden’s great comedy series, Th(...)

Lumiere festival, one of the highlights of the UK City of Culture celebrations in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

As Shaun Davey’s symphony, The Relief of Derry, reaches its climax in a converted British Army barracks in the eponymous city tonight, no doubt a few (...)

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(...)