What they really mean is “go fail while one of our competitors has funded you, and come back to us when you have gained more experience”

Pat Phelan, founder of Trustev, one of Ireland’s fast-growing start-ups, had an enjoyable rant last week on Twitter about the expansive Irish indus(...)

Simon Stewart and Ronan Dempsey

Waiting for Godot Smock Alley, Dublin **   “I can’t go on like this,” says Gogo. “That’s what you think,” comes Didi’s reply(...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

The Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim was the top ranked Irish sight on the Lonely Planet’s list of must-see destinations worldwide. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire 1:02

Six Irish attractions have made it onto a list of the world’s top 500 must-see sights of all time, compiled by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet. (...)

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(...)

Electric performance: Olwen Fouéré makes Samuel Beckett’s piece open up like a well-cracked nut. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

Samuel Beckett’s terse prose piece Lessness is an enigma, even by his inscrutable standards. “Ruins true refuge long last towards which so many false (...)

Mesmeric: Maguy Marin’s non-narrative dance piece May B, the headlining show at this year’s Happy Days International Festival in Enniskillen

Samuel Beckett’s granite face looms over the counter at Sweeney’s butcher shop. In The Jolly Sandwich cafe there are a variety of Beckettian treats(...)

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(...)

Since January of this year, EU regulations have made it illegal to discharge or return pelagic fish such as herring, mackerel or horse mackerel to the sea after they are caught.

The skipper of a Dutch factory ship has received one of the largest ever penalties for breach of fishing regulations in Irish waters when he had his c(...)

Ivan Turgenev: the playwright fashioned a “theatre of moods, of secret turmoil rather than explicit action”, as has his adapter Brian Friel. Portrait by Mokouski/Getty

It is almost taken for granted that there is some kind of special dramatic relationship between the two edges of Europe, Ireland and Russia. Of the ma(...)