The former Dún Laoghaire TD Barry Andrews,  who now leads the team at the development aid charity Goal.

For many former deputies the real impact only kicks in several days after losing their seats. The numerous counts that are a feature of our electora(...)

Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway gears up for Cúirt 2016 Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda (...)

Composer Shaun Davey created the new orchestral work with poet Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Barry Cronin

One Hundred Years a Nation, a new orchestral and choral work to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising has received its world premiere. Thousands (...)

“McKenna’s Fort,”  a play about Roger Casement’s role in the Rising will have its world premiere next week at the New Theatre in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

St Patrick’s Day, 1916 St Patrick’s Day 1916 was a very busy one for the Irish Volunteers in their last public engagement before the Easter Rising.(...)

 Louise O’Connor, Emily Noble, Marina Oracolo, Eva Torró and Emily Callanan at the launch of the Cork French Film Festival.

Cinephiles are in for a treat on Leeside this weekend when the Cork French Film Festival opens with an Oscar-nominated offering and includes a master(...)

A new graphic novel ‘Bobby Sands Freedom Fighter’ has been accused of ‘sending out a message that somehow terrorism is appropriate’.

Book publisher Michael O’Brien has rejected unionist criticism of a new graphic novel, Bobby Sands Freedom Fighter, which was launched on Monday and i(...)

The front page of The Irish Times on Friday, March 19th, 1965. Photograph: The Irish Times

The 17th Dáil has been dissolved and a general election is on the horizon. The leader of Fine Gael at the time, James Dillon, invites the press to Le(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humpheys on Culture Night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When it comes to pre-election arts policies, most political parties speak in hypotheticals. It’s one thing to come up with a neat-sounding idea for a(...)

Roaring success: Galway band  We Banjo 3  - 2015 benefactors of Culture Ireland funding - during a recent tour of Japan. Photograph: We Banjo 3

Right now, there are artists around the country scrambling to fill in their applications for funding from Culture Ireland, which closes its latest ro(...)

“The key issue for me was why people [joined the revolution]? How were young working-class men and women, just ordinary people, radicalised?” Playwright Deirdre Kinahan pictured in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Bryan Meade

It has been almost 20 years since playwright Deirdre Kinahan made her theatrical debut. It was 1997, and she had been hovering around the amateur dra(...)