Portrait and landscape artist Mick O’Dea (centre) joined by some of the people he will paint for an evolving Kilkenny Arts Festival series, including (from left) actor Aisling O’Sullivan, Druid director Garry Hynes, actor  Derbhle Crotty  and Kilkenny Arts Festival director Eugene Downes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Kilkenny Arts Festival renews its classical focus in a new programme revealed today by festival director Eugene Downes. Dominated by the world’s l(...)

September 1913: The Irish Times published WB Yeats’s poem, then called Romance in Ireland, on September 8th, 1913; he sent it as a letter about plans to establish a municipal art gallery in Dublin

Before he made his name as a poet WB Yeats was a prolific journalist, contributing to dozens of newspapers, magazines and periodicals on matters of(...)

Elizabeth Bowen: “The disruptions of the war, oddly, gave Bowen a sense of common purpose, making the deep uncertainties of her own identity merely part of the common human condition”

Perhaps the strongest story in this landmark collection, The Happy Autumn Fields, opens with an evocation of an idyllic 19th-century, Anglo-Irish, lan(...)

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral: “As part of its celebration of 175 years of uninterrupted publication, a Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at 11am on Sunday,  June 7th, in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin at which readers and supporters of the Tablet will be welcome.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The rededication of St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford last month was the culmination of its massive five-year restoration project. It also provided an oc(...)

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(...)