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(...)

Graham Norton and Gareth Reid with the latter’s portrait of the TV presenter and writer

Belfast-born artist Gareth Reid’s portrait of broadcaster and writer Graham Norton is now on display at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Reid (...)

A detail from The Taking of Christ by  Caravaggio, which is on  indefinite loan to the National Gallery of Ireland from the Jesuit Community. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery’s spectacular new exhibition on the works and influence of Caravaggio opens to the public on Saturday in Dublin. The show i(...)

 The Taking of Christ (cropped) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, oil on canvas. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

In his time, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most conspicuous example of a new kind of artist, one that has become familiar as a(...)

‘A Village Kermesse Near Antwerp’  by David Teniers II which Lochlann Quinn bought for €2 million and donated to the National Gallery of Ireland

Two 17th-century Flemish Old Master paintings worth a combined €5.5 million – from the Alfred Beit Collection at Russborough House that were withdrawn(...)

Visitors last week at the annual Turner exhibition in the National Gallery, which runs for the month of  January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The National Gallery of Ireland will finally reopen to the public in mid-June after being largely closed for more than six years, gallery director Sea(...)

Art handlers prepare Aran 2005, a selection of black and white photographs which were part of an exhibition by artist Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Museums Survey 2016, which was published in December, aims to provide an overview of the state of museums in Ireland north and south of the (...)

At a preview of the IMMA Collection; Freud Project 2016-2021 which will open to the public on Friday 21st October, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

What were your cultural highlights for the year gone by? Mick O’Dea did well in getting his outstanding 1916 show in early, in January, before an end(...)

From the Orpen archive. Photograph:  National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland has acquired an archive of more than 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen – one of Ireland’s best-known arti(...)

Russborough House: a  spokesman said the 200-acre estate near Blessington had “about 105,000 visitors” in 2016 – a new record. Photograph: Eric Luke

The threatened closure of Russborough House, the stately home in Co Wicklow, has been averted following the sale of old master paintings from its coll(...)