Anthony Cronin: allowed his sense of the magic and mystery of words to rub against his refusal to deal in twilights or easy emotions.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Anthony Cronin was a brilliant thinker and critic and wonderful company. His analysis of the world around him was sharp and acute. His journalism was (...)

Bloomsday 1954: John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and  Tom Joyce, on Sandymount strand

In another age, the natural description for Anthony Cronin – who has died aged 88 – would have been “man of letters”. He was a literary polymath – a(...)

Anthony Cronin:  His obsessions had been, in Hamlet’s phrase, “the very form and pressure of the time”. Photograph: Frank Miller

The poet, novelist, biographer and critic, Anthony Cronin, who has died aged 88, was among the foremost cultural commentators in Ireland in the late 2(...)

Bowler: There was probably more to come in a remarkable life cut short at 64. Photograph: David Sleator

She blew into Dublin from London in her early 20s, with no capital, no security and little in the way of a formal education. Within a few years, Gilli(...)

Duncan Campbell in front of  his film  Sigmar: “If you went into a small village in the 1960s and started asking people questions about their sex lives you weren’t going to get much of an answer.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Thoughtful, reserved, and considered in his speech, Duncan Campbell, who won the Turner Prize in 2014, is the opposite of the kind of flamboyant artis(...)

 Ted Nugent performs  prior to the arrival of  Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their final campaign event of the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty

When Donald Trump was asked about his position on the arts during his campaign, his answer revealed a lot. He replied by referencing the decorative pl(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a g(...)

Johanne Mullan, collections programmer at Imma, with Lucian Freud’s  “The Painter’s Mother Resting” at a preview of the Freud Project 2016-2021. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thanks to the Freud Project, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) is the place to go to if you want to see a first-rate, representative collection of(...)

A still from Jaki Irvine’s video and sound installation If the Ground Should Open . . . which will be in the Imma in December

Jaki Irvine: If the Ground Should Open . . . Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin **** On April 29th, at about 12.45pm, Elizabeth O’Farrell stepped (...)

The minister paced the corridors of power as a civil servant waited patiently to brief him on urgent Dáil business. He was on his mobile phone to a c(...)