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(...)

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Sean Lynch is one of a handful of Irish artists to have studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. They don’t give you a degree or a(...)

Sinead Cambell-Wallace in Alcina by the Opera Theatre Company which got a rise in funds from €640,000 to €680,000 for 2015. Photograph: Kip Carroll

The Arts Council funding allocations for 2015 have stability as their main focus. In this year’s allocations, just announced, most organisation(...)

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(...)