A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

The Books That Define Ireland, by Tom Garvin and Bryan Fanning, looks at 30 classic Irish texts, from history and social issues to the fictional w(...)

The late author Maeve Binchy photographed at her Dalkey home in 2006. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Irish Times journalist Mary Maher spoke tonight of being left a collection of the (...)

Artist Patrick Scott. He was described by Minister for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan as “a guiding light in the Irish art world for many decades”

Patrick Scott was a founder member of Aosdána, the association of artists, and a Saoi in the organisation – the h(...)

Seamus Heaney: to read the extraordinary outpouring of grief, memory and mourning is to realise his death was a unique – and a uniquely Irish – event. Photograph: Neil Drabble/Camera Press

Many years ago I was invited to a dinner in the Department of Foreign Affairs attended by Seamus Heaney, among others, and presided over by the then t(...)

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham should be retained as a traditional museum

An unparalleled opportunity exists for the creation of a contemporary art museum in the centre of Dublin, in the early 19th-century Stack A warehouse (...)

Vincent Dowling: credited with launching Tom Hanks’s career, having directed him in a student production at California State University. Photograph: Tony Gavin

The actor and director Vincent Dowling came to national prominence as “Christy” in the long-running Raidió Éireann soap (...)

Ulick O Connor talks to Mannix Flynn at the Aosdána 
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general assembly in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator

The annual meeting of artists’ group Aosdána was staged under a European theme yesterday but a domestic matter – the State’s p(...)