Auctioneer Colm Farrell dressed as WB Yeats at Thoor Ballylee near Gort, Co Galway. Farrell will auction a number of items at the tower, which is the former residence of the poet, on Sunday, May 31st, to raise funds to re-open the tower. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Not everyone would pick a draughty old Norman keep for a home to grow old in, but then not everyone shared the mindset of WB Yeats. “I am makin(...)

Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh, who has died aged 47, was one of a talented group of Irish historians who opened up new fields of research in Irish social hist(...)

JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)

British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. An Italian translation of Frank McGuinness’s “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme” was performed last week in Florence. Photograph: Lieut E Brooks/Imperial War Museum via Getty Images

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness was at the centre of a remarkable cultural and intellectual collaboration la(...)

Top, from left, Constance Markievicz; and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Bottom, from left, Joseph Plunkett; Alice Milligan; and Thomas MacDonagh.  Main photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the early 1900s the development of the Abbey Theatre was accompanied by challenging alternatives, spearheaded by political activists. They inc(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimíd. The shadow of the past has become the shelter of the present.” (...)

WB Yeats circa 1933. Photographs: Library of Congress

William Butler Yeats died 75 years ago today at 2.30pm in a small upstairs room at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour in Roquebrune Cap Martin. The room had a wro(...)

Transparency theory:  Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, addressing the Theatre of Memory symposium last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Imagine for a moment that the headline on the Irish Times news story about the Abbey had been “Panel endorses Abbey Theatre’s ‘world-class’ status”. (...)

Cmmt Padraic Kennedy studies files in the reading room at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin. The first launch of the Military Service Pensions Collection  comprised 452,000 images relating to almost 3,000 individuals.

It is truly ironic that the Government that funded the development of a wonderful archive of the 1916 to 1923 period should also be the one to remove (...)