Mathew Nugent (left) from Cabra, Dublin, and Martin Currey from Perth, Western Australia, viewing gold necklace beads at the National Museum, Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

As regular readers of this column will know, Irish Times photographers have made an art of the wordless smile; and the maestro of sheer mischief is Pa(...)

Gavin Manley: ‘You often hear about the “digital Irish”, those with a start-up mentality who seem to thrive here’

Gavin Manley moved to the Big Apple in 2003 in search of new adventures. His “nine-to-five” job before he left was with the National Museum of Ireland(...)

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 (...)

John Loder (second right) and Arthur Shields (right) in the John Ford film ‘How Green Was My Valley’. Photograph: Fox

In his 1977 autobiography the Hollywood star John Loder let slip secrets he’d kept hidden for more than 60 years, about his part in the arrest of Patr(...)

Radiocarbon dating of the bear’s knee bone, one of some 15,000 bones found in the cave, confirmed it was 12,500 years old. Photograph: James Connolly

A study of an animal bone discovered in a Co Clare cave more than a century ago has led archaeologists to push back the date when they believe humans (...)

Easter Rising: part of GPO: Witness History. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

In the newly refurbished interior of the GPO a wall bears the names of all those known to have helped defend the building during Easter Week 1916. Th(...)

Examining the Irish  Republic flag which flew over the GPO during the 1916 Rising is the Proclaiming a Republic exhibition curator, Brenda Malone. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The best-known flag of the Easter Rising is not the Tricolour that flew over the GPO in 1916 but the Irish Republic one on display at the Proclaiming (...)

Detail of the Proclamation: the display in the museum of some of the type actually used in its printing emphasises the physicality of the work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The curators and designers of the new exhibition Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising at the National Museum of Ireland (Decorative Arts & Hist(...)

River life: a caddis fly by the stream. Illustration: Michael Viney

Now that I swallow my pills with icy water from the electric well, the stream has lost a certain presence in our lives. There’s no more climbing the h(...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)