Phelim Donlon: meeting him sparked lifelong careers, nurtured by wise mentoring

Phelim Donlon, who has died aged 78, was deeply influential in the remarkable expansion of professional Irish theatre in the closing decades of the la(...)

Pat Donlon,  with her daughter Sinéad Kelly, granddaughter Emma Kelly and Frank Young at  Phelim Donlon’s funeral,  at the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Phelim Donlon loved this time of year, his wife, Pat, recalled at the end of his funeral Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dubl(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys: “The arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has announced €2 million in extra funds for the Arts Council next year, to finance (...)

PD James’s  first novel was Cover Her Face (1962), which harked back to the cosy murders of the golden age, set in a country house with a body in a locked room and a cast including the vicar and a genial country doctor.

PD James, latterly Lady James of Holland Park, who has died aged 94, was the grande dame of the British crime novel. She was a link with the golden ag(...)

If the Dublin of Michael Smith’s upbringing was central to his work, so too were the landscapes, people and poets of Spain – a country he returned to again and again and whose poets he served as a dedicated and sympathetic translator.

Michael Smith’s gift were many – as poet, translator, teacher, founder and guiding spirit of an influential press and literary journal. He was also me(...)

Bernard McDonnell as Hugo the Bashful in Silent Moves

You run into trouble as soon as you start labelling art: women’s art, queer art, outsider art, disability art, deaf art . . . The problem is th(...)

70 Lower Leeson Street

Two more Georgian office investments in Dublin city centre are expected to sell rapidly when a marketing campaign gets under way this week. CBRE is qu(...)

Former student Declan Kiberd (above)  described Michael Smith as “an audacious Latin teacher who treated every text as written from felt experience and not just as a basis for learning language”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The poet Michael Smith has died in Dublin at the age of 72. As well as his own poetry, most of which is located in the working class Dublin of his ch(...)

Moate Community School students celebrate their win, which earned them prize money of £4,000 (€5,000). Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Moate Community School in Co Westmeath has won the 2014 All Island School Choir Competition. The televised contest, organised by the all-island peace(...)

Robert Thomson in rehearsals for The Nutcracker at the Cork Opera House

‘It won’t be a nostalgia-fest,” says Alan Foley at the Firkin Crane dance centre in Cork. Listening to him describe this weekend’s reunion forum fo(...)