View from Howth by Sir William Orpen, estimated at £80,000- £120,000

Sotheby’s first auction in London dedicated to Irish Art took place 20 years ago, in 1995, and quickly became established as an annual landmark eve(...)

Detail from ‘Portrait of Vivian Hugh Smith’ (1867-1956), later 1st Baron Bicester of Tusmore Park, by Sir William Orpen

Monday (September 28th) Whyte’s, Irish & International Art auction, RDS, Dublin 4. 80 per cent of lots sold. An original oil painting for the fro(...)

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(...)

The February 1945 edition of ‘The Bell’, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The author was described only as having “recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin”. He was, in fact, the young Conor Cruise O’Brien, writing under a pseudonym.

The February 1945 edition of The Bell, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The auth(...)

Detail from ‘Hearing the Nightingale’ by Jack B Yeats depicts the view from Richmond Hill in London

For the second time in 10 days, a Jack B Yeats painting was the top-selling lot in a Dublin art auction. On Wednesday evening at Adam’s “Important Iri(...)

Detail from ‘Woman and Child Feeding Hens’ by Frank McKelvey, the Northern Ireland artist who died in 1974

The international art market may be dominated by abstract, contemporary art, but Irish collectors continue, overwhelmingly, to prefer traditional repr(...)

Clew Bay by Letitia Hamilton

In a real sense, the AIB Art Collection fell victim to the implosion of the Irish banking system. In a rush to judgment in the heated atmosphere of(...)

The Village of Kilmallock, Co Limerick – a photo-realist painting by Mark Kelly, with a €1,000-€2,000 estimate, failed to sell

Paintings deemed “surplus to requirements” from the corporate art collection of Ireland’s State-owned electricity company, the ESB went under the hamm(...)

The signing of peace: Orpen’s subjects included President Woodrow Wilson, the French prime minister, Georges Clemenceau, and the British prime minister, David Lloyd George. Photograph: IWM via Getty

After the 1916 Rising William Orpen’s pupil and protege Seán Keating tried to persuade his master to return to Ireland from London and lead a revival (...)

Detail from Martin Gale’s  painting, ‘Inside Turlough Hill 2014’, one of a series of works commissioned by the ESB

There’s a curve in the road as you drive towards Dublin from Ballymore Eustace, the Co Kildare village where Martin Gale, one of Ireland’s leading (...)