Ssssssh: the atmosphere keeps kids quiet and the books keep them entertained. Above: the National Library. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 2:05

Free time is rarely free, and this is never more true than when you are trying to keep children entertained during the long days of summer. A trip (...)

Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station in Dublin is one of the buildings being considered. It was vacated in 2011 due to health and safety concerns. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Just three State-owned properties have been identified by the Office of Public Works as potentially suitable to help tackle what campaigners say is a (...)

The altarpiece discovered by Fr John O’Reilly in Piercetown, Co Wexford, is a triptych with painted door panels that open to reveal a central tableau of sculpted carvings depicting the lamentation of Christ. Photograph: Luke Wynne

A dust-covered “old press”, destined for a skip in Co Wexford, has turned out to be a rare 15th-century Flemish altarpiece valued at €100,000. The (...)

Fighting Words: Stories Inspired by Visits to the National Gallery of Ireland is a collection of 10 stories devised and written by groups of primary school students after class outings to the National Gallery on Merrion Square

From exploding grannies to ninja ghosts to clerks who give up the day job and become professional thieves, a vast cast of characters tell their storie(...)

National Gallery attendant staff John McDonnell (left) and Bill Vernon protest outside the gallery yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton has said he regrets that staff at the National Gallery rejected a Labour Court recommendation a(...)

Karen Greene dressed as ‘The Earl of Bellamont’ from a painting by Joshua Reynolds (left) in the National Gallery of Ireland, ahead of Culture Night last year. Attendant staff at the gallery are planning to hold a one-day strike this Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Attendant staff at the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) are planning a one-day strike this Thursday protesting over issues concerning annual leave. S(...)

Picnicking will reduce meal costs

Here comes the summer, but with the sun (if it appears) come extra cost. There are many ways to save – some old-school and some new – here are just(...)

Margaret Corcoran with her work “The Seeing”. Photograph: Ollie Brookes

Margaret Corcoran is known for her lively engagement with the Western painting tradition. Her acclaimed 2002 exhibition An Enquiry, pictured her daugh(...)

A senior attendant with the National Gallery told the Employment Appeals Tribunal he helped a former colleague with a submission to a(...)

At the launch of the Hennessy/National Gallery of Ireland inaugural  portrait prize, from left: judges Donald Teskey, Janet McLean, Cristín Leach Hugh and Dr Declan Long. The portraits shown   are Evie Hone by Hilda van Stockum  and Seamus Heaney by Jackie Nickerson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Hennessy Portrait Prize, aimed at raising the public profile of contemporary portraiture, has been launched b(...)