Fresh air: Artists at the “paint-outs” in various locations around Wexford during the Art in the Open festival

Painting outdoors was first popularised by the French Impressionists, including Monet and Renoir, and is known by the French term en plein air (litera(...)

****After years of scrappy funding, haphazard rehearsal spaces and mixed programming, the Irish National Youth Ballet has hit its stride. The 41-membe(...)

Deirdre Donnelly and Stephen Brennan in Conservatory by Michael West
Review: Conservatory

Conservatory Peacock Theatre, Dublin **** “Do you know who died?” asks a husband of his wife, making casual conversation midway through(...)

Lorna Quinn and Sam O’Mahony in Pride and Prejudice. Photograph: Pat Redmond
Pride and Prejudice

Pride and PrejudiceThe Gate Theatre, Dublin***Jane Austen’s bicentenary is as good a pretext as any for a revival of Pride and Prejudice. Alan Stanfor(...)

Actor John Kavanagh at  the funeral of Susan Fitzgerald  at the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The actor Susan Fitzgerald, who died last Monday, had no fear of dying and had sympathised with the doctor who had to tell her she had little time lef(...)

Fr John Heffernan blesses the ashes of actor Milo O’Shea as they are interred at a special ceremony for family and friends at Deansgrange Cemetery in Dublin yesterday. O’Shea died in New York last week. In attendance were his widow, actor Kitty Sullivan O’Shea (centre in brown coat), sons Colm (far right) and Steven (left with grey scarf) and other friends and family members. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Milo O’Shea’s ashes have been interred in Dublin following a simple prayer ceremony attended by some 50 of his closest family and friends. (...)