Julia Stiles, ‘a fascinatingly flat actor’, as Georgina Clios in Riviera

Even the extravagant playgrounds of the world’s mega rich are not so well guarded that – with enough wicked intent – someone cannot sneak in and leave(...)

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670-71 Oil on canvas, 72.2 x 59.7 cm National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

This week sees the reopening of the National Gallery of Ireland’s historic wings, and the accompanying exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Pa(...)

A portrait of  Henry Shefflin was unveiled in the National Gallery of Ireland on Monday.  The painting by Tipperary born artist, Gerry Davis was commissioned as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016. Photograph: Maxwells

The National Portrait Collection was established in 1884, the same year the GAA was founded. The collection was founded to recognise “eminent Irishm(...)

New-look National Gallery of Ireland: stripping back the walls has made the elaborate oak door frames of the Milltown Wing’s enfilade – its memorable succession of galleries, almost all now painted blue – even more prominent. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is a revelation, quite literally. The long-awaited renovation of the National Gallery of Ireland on Dublin's Merrion Square has revealed elements o(...)

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Other popular visitor attractions in 2016 were the National Gallery of Ireland, The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Botanic Gardens. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Guinness is good for tourist numbers and the allure of the pint of plain is still the only man for visitors, with trips to the Guinness Storehouse jum(...)

Brendan Smith: pleaded guilty to bid-rigging. Photograph: Collins Courts.

If you’re a white collar criminal, come into the parlour. There’s a welcome there for you. Recent events have reminded everybody – as if we needed rem(...)

Self-portrait, 1914, by Margaret Clarke. Copyright the artist’s estate

By any standard, the artist Margaret Clarke, nee Crilly, was a high achiever. She was born in Newry, Co Down, in 1884 to a family in which learning wa(...)

Artist Alice Maher photographed in Lough Carra, Co Mayo recreating one of her installations entitled ‘Les Filles d’Ouranos Art Grandeur Nature, Seinne Saint-Denis, Paris. Photograph: Keith Heneghan.

In 1986, the US feminist group Guerrilla Girls proclaimed that “It’s even worse in Europe”, referring to the art world’s sexual and racial discriminat(...)

Organising an Easter egg hunt one is simply and cheap and fun for everyone. Photograph: iStock

Easter is almost upon us, bringing with it the promise of egg-shaped chocolates, slightly less miserable weather and – for many parents with children (...)

1. Animal farms Spring’s abundance of cute, newborn animals makes this a lovely time of year for children to visit one of the numerous farms that ope(...)