Limerick City of Culture 2015: that we don’t already have a national cultural policy isn’t quite as shocking as it might sound – many countries lack one.  Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

‘Culture,” Brian Eno says, “is everything we don’t have to do.” It’s a pretty good definition, broad enough to be inclusive yet intriguing enough to m(...)

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced a 12 per cent increase in its budget for 2016, up to €310 million. The Arts Council (...)

Bronze Age track at Mayne Bog: when Westland Horticulture uncovered it in 2005 the National Monuments Service did not issue a preservation order or record it in the Register of Historic Monuments

The Midland bogs have always been places of mystery – vistas of burnt umber that every so often unearth prehistoric time capsules: vats of bog butt(...)

Thomas Kent (left) and William Kent being marched by British soldiers across Fermoy Bridge in May 1916

The decision of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to deliver the graveside oration at the state funeral of Thomas Kent tomorrow is a clear signal of the Government(...)

Michael J Carney on the Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry, where he was born in 1920. He died in August in Massachusetts at the age of 94. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Mike Carney, the oldest surviving native of the Blasket Islands, died last week in Massachusetts at the age of 94. He lived a slightly longer life tha(...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Michael to film Star Wars Episode VII, last year. Photograph Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a culture that had a strong sense of boundaries and limitations. Fifteen hundred years ago, when (...)

Prince Charles with Brendan Dunford, Brigid Barry and Aine Bird of Burren Beo, on a visit to the Burren, Co Clare. Photograph: Eric Luke

A scheme that has paid Burren farmers more than €2.1 million over the past five years to create the conditions to grow rare and wild flowers to prospe(...)

One of the newly discovered cannon from the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in Streedagh is brought ashore and set down for a brief public viewing in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Two hundred locals gathered at Mullaghmore harbour in Co Sligo on Monday as four bronze cannons that had lain for more than 400 years in a Spanish A(...)

Russborough House: minutes of a meeting between then minister for arts Jimmy Deenihan and members of the Alfred Beit Foundation in 2013 say the trust had looked at the “nuclear option” of closing  Russborough House

The trustees who run Russborough House have told the Government that the sale of “high art items” was not under consideration in 2013, according to (...)

Nell Ní Shé, Caoimhe Ní Dhubhain, Orla Ní Dhubhain and Marta Ní Loinsigh welcoming guests to the official opening of the new €3.5 million Irish language and enterprise development centre. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

A new Irish language and enterprise development centre in the Kerry Gaeltacht is expected to boost the local economy to the tune of €7m. Located in B(...)