RHA president Mick O’Dea, Prof Cathal Kelly, chief executive/registrar RCSI, Kevin O’Sullivan, editor of The Irish Times and Declan Magee, president of the RCSI announcing details of the new award. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A new €15,000 award will celebrate the contribution that art makes to the healing process. The award is being funded and organised by the Royal Colleg(...)

The Doggers (2014) by Sheila Rennick

Something for Nothing – Sheila Rennick Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin **** Sheila Rennick’s paintings make fun of some of the cultural peculiari(...)

Imperial City (2015) by Mick O’Dea. Courtesy of the artist and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery. Photograph: Emile Deneen

The Foggy Dew – Mick O’Dea Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin ***** The Royal Hibernian Academy on Abbey Street, Dublin, was b(...)

Glór music centre in Ennis, Co Clare, is one of Des McMahon’s designs. Photograph: Frank Miller

Architect Des McMahon continually places emphasis on community and social democracy when discussing his work. His inclusive nature starts with the J(...)

Arts Council chair Sheila Pratschke says its latest strategy will focus “on the artist and public engagement”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Arts Council has taken a cautious approach to its budget spending for 2016, with a marginal focus on local authority funding. The organisation, (...)

Man in a Train, Thinking by Jack B Yeats is estimated by de Veres at €200,000-€300,000

Earlier this year, a mechanic in California lost out on a $1 million lottery prize because he could not find his winning ticket. Although he was id(...)

Detail from Japanese Switzerland, by Sir John Lavery, which is  being sold by its private owner and is estimated at £300,000- £500,000

A selection of important Irish paintings due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s “Irish Sale” in London later this month is on view, for the last time in Ire(...)

Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell with his son Blake and daughter Alexandra. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The family of retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell, the Gorse Hill one, were in court again this week. The official overseeing his bankruptcy secured per(...)

Diana Copperwhite, whose work ‘Fake New World’  was the most expensive piece sold at this year’s RHA exhibition. Photograph: Frank Miller

Interest in Irish art is increasing, according to figures from the annual exhibition of Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy. Sales were up by almost a(...)

Mick O’Dea paints a portrait of the American poet Robert Pinsky, as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A farmer’s life may seem an unlikely vocation for one of Ireland’s best-known artists, but it was once the planned career path for Mick O’Dea. The en(...)