Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

A hand-painted cabin by Studio Weave. Photograph: Jim Stephenson

“It’s very difficult to build neighbourhoods in Ireland that are not led by property developers,” says Rosie Lynch, co-organiser of the forthcoming N(...)

David Best’s wooden temple in Derry which will be set alight on the evening of Saturday, March 21st. Photograph: Martin McKeown/Inpresspics.com

Californian artist David Best is inviting people from Derry and beyond to symbolically burn their troubles away in a massive fire next week.Best is o(...)

President Michael D Higgins made several salient points on the state of the arts in his historic address to this year’s general assembly of Aosdána. H(...)

Bomb damage in Dublin following the Easter Rising. “We are hoping for work so innovative and special, that it will inspire the people of Ireland for the next 100 years,”  Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

A €1 million arts programme has been announced to commemorate next year’s centenary of the Easter Rising. The money has been described as one of the (...)

 President Michael D Higgins giving the opening address at Aosdana General Assembly in The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A 40 per cent cut in funding to Irish arts in recent years was an illustration of the “peripheral” place they occupy in Irish society, President Micha(...)

Maurna Crozier was instrumental in reaching out to non-traditional aspects of Northern society

In a comment last week on the life and work of Maurna Crozier, who has died aged 72, the historian Jonathan Bardon remarked that in her work of reconc(...)

Traditional Musician of the Year Máirtín O’Connor

Over the past 17 years, TG4’s annual Gradam Ceoil Awards have made it their business to train a spotlight on a handful of those who have pushed the(...)

From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

‘We want a writer who will be a vehicle for the word,” says poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, who(...)

Need to finish that novel? Get thee to Birr where Rosalind Fanning’s Tin Jug Studio offers workspace in her gorgeous Georgian house – think brocade(...)