Reasons to celebrate?: Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan launches this year’s Culture Night; the Arts Council is taking on responsibility for the event. Photograph: Tom Honan

Arts Council increase in Budget 2020 isn’t all it seems, culture organisations claim

The funeral of Ulick O’Connor, who died on Monday, was held today. Photograph: David Sleator

O’Connor was ‘pernickety and controversial’ and loved to play with words, mourners told

Real Magic: canned laughter, tense music, ticking clock. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Dublin Theatre Festival: This never-ending gameshow is bleak, painful, playful and sometimes funny

Veganism in Dublin: Assassination Custard is one of the highest-rated vegan friendly eateries in Dublin, according to TripAdvisor. Photograph: Tom Honan

An analysis of TripAdvisor shows a fifth of Dublin eateries say they have vegan options

Kevin Rafter, Chairman of the Arts Council:   ‘I took the role with my eyes open, knowing it was a big time commitment.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New Arts Council chairman Kevin Rafter expects State will honour funding pledge

Writer Ulick O’Connor, pictured in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Rathgar native wrote biographies, poetry and several plays staged at the Abbey Theatre

Housam Ziad and Suad Al Darra:  ‘We are lucky to live in Ireland but the visa situation is making us feel frustrated, isolated and alone.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley for The Irish Times

Ireland’s citizenship process was already slow. This year it came to a complete standstill

Worthy of honour:  all of these women, from Thekla Beere (top left) to Lillian Bland (bottom right), are ideal candidates for Trinity College Dublin's Long Room bust

From Markievicz to Maeve Binchy, there’s no shortage of candidates to join its 40 men

A curious customer at Krispy Kreme, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I count five layers of sugary decoration. There are 300 to 400 calories in a decorated shell

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts baked in Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Dublin outlet caused ‘Christmas-like’ traffic gridlock when it opened a year ago

Mould Into Shape: those participating travel by Dart to an unknown location. Photograph: Shanna May Breen

Dublin Fringe Festival: A mystery tour on the Dart brings the audience to confront relationship with plastic

Things We’ve Always Wanted to Tell You: taking the mickey out of privilege. Photograph: Holly Revell

Dublin Fringe Festival: Scottee directs a carefully choreographed and amusing discussion that upturns class assumptions

Sandie Jones: the Eurovision singer has passed away in the United States, aged 68

Jones, who was the only singer to perform a song in Irish at Eurovision, lived in the US since the 1980s

Cellist Peadar O' Loinsigh and ballerina Niamh O' Flannagain at the launch of Culture Night 2019. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times

Of the 4,000-plus events taking place on Friday 20th, here are the ones we want to go to

Members of the French performance company Gratte Ciel  in Eyre Square, Galway during their spectacular live performance alongside Galway musician and performer, Anna Mullarkey at the launch of the  Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme.  Photograph: Aengus McMahon

The European Capital of Culture creative director avoided confirming how much of €39.7m budget has been raised privately

Members of the French performance company Gratte Ciel rehearse in Eyre Square, Galway ahead of their live performance at the launch of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme, Ireland.  Photograph: Eamon Ward/PA

Search for 2,020 people for community cast for Olympics-style opening spectacle

Seán Millar leads members of the Bluebell Community Development Project in rehearsals.

A Dublin breakfast club brings people together, helping to avoid social isolation

Francis MacManus award: Stephen O’Reilly, whose story is a tale about a menage-a-trois of sorts between Ava, Grace and James, only one of whom is human

RTÉ announces short-story contest winners, all of which will be broadcast on Radio 1

Taste of Dublin: the ‘festive edition’ is modelled on a similar winter-food festival in London. Photograph: Fanatic Creative at Taste of London, The Festive Edition

‘Festive edition’ of Iveagh Gardens food and drink event expected to draw 18,000 visitors

Jim Wells (right) shakes the hand of an unidentified man at Stormont following Wells’s resignation as Northern Ireland Executive Health Minister on April 27th, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Wells has been widely criticised for his remarks, characterised by many as homophobic

There’s music from rising star Loah and Bantum in the Pepper Canister Church.

Dublin’s 16-day festival showcases new voices, unusual venues and 54 world premieres

Pat Kinevane, recipient of Herald Archangel Award and Gina Moxley, recipient of Fringe First and Herald Angel awards celebrating their success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the announcement of the Culture Ireland Summer Grant Round awards in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Award-winners Gina Moxley and Pat Kinevane celebrate Edinburgh Fringe awards

A survey found 63% of published poets in Ireland are male

A damning survey of the industry has caused publishers to reflect on their lists

The combination of Lauper’s songs, transvestites and  a shoe factory in Northampton leads to a whole lot of fun

A heartwarming tale about cross-dressers and how fetish footwear saved a factory

Flux, the brainchild of Eat My Noise, lighting up the interior of St Canice’s Cathedral. Photograph: John D Kelly

Thomas Kilroy’s Callan tales, St Canice’s Cathedral and the rain take on starring roles

Dublin Podcast Festival: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark  host My Favorite Murder at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on November 24th and 25th

Guilty Feminist, Gay and a NonGay, 2 Johnnies, It Galz, Blindboy, My Favorite Murder

Wedding day: Ben Foden with his new wife, Jackie Belanoff Smith. Photograph: Ben Foden/Instagram

Una Healy’s ex-husband has just married his girlfriend of two weeks. Can it work?

  Clare Barrett in  Much Ado About Nothing, which takes place at  Quad at St Kieran’s College during  Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ste Murray

Shakespeare comedy Much Ado About Nothing and multi-sensory spectacular fLux among highlights of festival

Members of the cast of The Big Chapel X rehearse at St Brigid’s College in Callan, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Big Chapel X, an adaptation of Thomas Kilroy’s novel, sees the community of Callan, Co Kilkenny, revisiting a dark period of i(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Burt Bacharach. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Burt Bacharach, Gravity & Other Myths, Reem Karssli and Dael Orlandersmith

Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival Willie White: ‘It is getting more and more difficult to make art in the city. . .  There are fewer theatres in Dublin than 20 years ago, studios are closing and clubnights are disappearing. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

New Playboy, bunch of world premieres lined up for this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival

A reconstruction of the scene of the Loughinisland massacre in No Stone Unturned.

No Stone Unturned, which names suspect, nominated in investigative documentary category

We aren’t made for this heat in Ireland, it doesn’t suit our temperament

So, how’s your glass box extension now? Not so hot on keeping us cool on these humid days

Versatile are Casey Walsh (aka ‘Casper’, 20), left, and Alex Sheehan (‘Eskimo Supreme’ , 21)

The duo have been attacked on Twitter for their lyrics about black women

 Guru Dudu’s silent disco is a power walk through Galway like you never imagined. Photograph:Andrew Downes/ xposure

The festival hit high notes in its first week with high-profile shows, but it’s the other shows that flesh out a festival

 Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and now head of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, speaking at Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Former president outlines three steps all can take to alter climate change direction

Brothers Sean and Michael Buckley outside their Sandycove auctioneering business which is due to close shortly after over 56 years in business. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

The hammer fell for the last time in legendary Buckleys of Sandycove this afternoon after 56 years in business and nearly a millio(...)

Woman and Child by Sam Jinks, in  a temporary gallery space on the site of the GPO in Galway.  Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Paul Fahy says it is ‘shocking’ that city is still without a proper cultural hub and gallery

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) comes to Galway International Arts Festival later this month. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Kneehigh’s reworking of The Beggar’s Opera tale of corruption, ineptitude and irresponsibility is coming to Galway

‘What word did you learn first by reading before you realized you were pronouncing it wrong the whole time?’

People are sharing their mispronunciations of words they’ve never heard spoken

Adam Fitzsimons, Galway International Arts Festival Production Manager (left), and Paul Fahy, Artistic Director. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Annual festival has yet again pulled out all the stops to build a temporary gallery

The five-course menu with silver service banquet  is in aid of Temple Street children’s hospital and Pieta House

Derry Clarke and Mark Moriarty will cook for over 300 at this year’s festival banquet in aid of charity

George Orwell’s Animal Farm

Book lovers share the bits of JK Rowling, George Orwell and Douglas Adams they love best

Julia Marciniak, who was a waitress at the Ivy restaurant in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

First, a row over tips. Now, it is claimed, a waiter has been dismissed for joining a union

Margaret Gallagher outside her Grade A-listed thatched cottage in Co Fermanagh: “I’ll continue as long as I’m able and have the health and will to do it.” Photograph: Enda O'Dowd/Irish Times

The 77-year-old lives as generations before her did, without electricity or running water

Sunday Times Audible longlist: Kevin Barry and Danielle McLaughlin are joined by Louise Kennedy, Wendy Erskine, Caoilinn Hughes and Gerard McKeague

Kevin Barry, Danielle McLaughlin in line-up for £30,000 Sunday Times Audible award

 Irish playwrights Emmet Kirwan, Marina Carr, Enda Walsh and Stacey Gregg promote  Theatre For One, which is running as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Plays for an audience of one and a Mick Flannery musical are among this year’s ambitious programme

In Dublin’s Ivy Restaurant, the 12.5 per cent service charge has been used to part-pay contracted wages. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Bill to give waiters a legal right to keep tips reaches final stage in the Seanad this week

Game of Thrones: much of the series was filmed in Northern Ireland, where abortion is banned from the moment of conception. Photograph: Netflix

UK government agency responds to calls for entertainment-industry boycott of North

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Selina Cartmell unveils a new season featuring collaborations with Colm Tóibín, Stanley Townsend, Garry Hynes, Anu and Dead Centre

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Joyce DiDonato, Damon Albarn, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson in wide-ranging line-up

Amy Cahill: ‘Sometimes teachers jump to criticise something written by a student, instead of appreciating it.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw, for The Irish Times

16-year-old Amy Cahill – author of the story My Mammy Lives in a Box – on writing about suicide

Lobby of the Hendrick hotel, with James Earley’s rose windows

The hotel in Smithfield, Dublin 7 has more than 270 pieces of art across six storeys

Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Raphaela Mangan and Sarah Power, rehearsing before the launch of Irish National Opera’s new season. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish National Opera season to also feature new opera set in direct provision

The Old Post Office, Blackrock, Co Dublin, opens on Tuesday for dinner

First look: Sea of cool blues and greys in €1.6m refurbishment overlooking the sea

Abbey Theatre: A large meeting of the letter’s signatories was held at the weekend where frustration was  expressed at the slow progress of talks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘We have no confidence that our concerns are a priority for the current management’

Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

A year after his death, playwright Tom Murphy is being celebrated by actors keen to share their experience of working on his plays(...)

Galway International Arts Festival 2019: (top) Citysong, and 6Skin, by Alice Maher and Aideen Barry; (bottom) Still Life (Pieta) by Sam Jinks; Robert Plant; and from Sarah Hickson’s work in development

Druid and Irish National Opera premieres, plus Robert Plant and Burt Bacharach

Ballyhaunis Three: Seán Tighe, Bernie Waldron and John Devaney in New York. Photograph: @CBones705/Twitter

Twitter reunites phoneless Mayo men with their New York holiday photograph

Druid director: ‘New writing doesn’t just appear out of nowhere,’ Garry Hynes says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New writing ‘has to be nurtured and taken care of’, says artistic director Garry Hynes

The UCD Campus Bookshop. Photograph: UCD Library

Issues over length of license leads Hanna family to shut up shop after 41 years

Baby Sussex: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry show off their son at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Prince Archie’s mum – the baby’s name has been revealed – looks refreshingly natural

The Dalkey second World War ‘Éire’ sign renovated by Dalkey Tidy Towns. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Dogged detective work and a huge voluntary effort have brought a piece of history back to life

Abbey Theatre directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, who attended all meetings, along with their team. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Signatories of letter critical of theatre ‘delighted’ but highlight ‘outstanding issues’

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray of the National Theatre of Scotland who have been appinted as the new directors of the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company outlines efforts to improve communication after complaints from producers

Author Will Eaves, winner of the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize for Murmur, his novel inspired by the story of Alan Turing

Fictionalised story about the arrest, chemical castration and harrowing end of Turing ‘restores faith in human beings’, say judges

Arts Council of Ireland: Kevin Rafter succeeds Sheila Pratschke as chair of the agency

DCU communications head succeeds Sheila Pratschke at Government arts agency

 Lynn Scarff, director, National Museum of Ireland: ‘Ultimately the people own this national collection and should be able to pop by and check it out.’ Photograph: Julien Behal  Photography

For Lynn Scarff, its new director, choosing what to collect and preserve is crucial

Photograph: George Clerk/iStock/Getty

Tips can go to owners, payroll, Revenue, kitchen staff and maybe even your waiter

Explorium: defying gravity at  the sport and science centre in south Dublin

From bunnybots and egg hunts to classic board games and easy introductions to opera

Colm Tóibín: the novelist before his treatment for testicular cancer. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty

Step by painful step, the novelist has written about his diagnosis, agony and treatment

Caitríona McLaughlin won best director for Raftery’s Hill at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in the National Concert Hall on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Actors Janet Moran and Nyree Yergainharsian host 22nd Irish Times Theatre Awards at NCH

Bewley’s of Grafton Street: the facade of the landmark Dublin cafe

The landmark Dublin cafe has launched a guided tour to show off its artistic glories

Playwright Jimmy Murphy has called on the Abbey to look into ‘allegations’ and ‘difficult working conditions’ at the theatre.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Abbey believed to have received three letters of complaint by people formerly employed there

Come Out Ye Black and Tans: the rabble-rouser was sung by The Wolfe Tones. Photograph: Terry Thorp

It has been on Alan Partridge and a Brady’s ham ad. So what does the rebel song mean?

The house extension.

This 1990s home was spacious but dark. A well-designed extension changed all that

St Patrick’s Day: spectators at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

From Dublin's St Patrick’s Festival to Kilkenny Tradfest and a Co Wicklow slime lab

Brady Family Ham’s Black and Tans ad: the British oppressed us for 800 years, but we are so over that

The Father Ted director takes the mick with his version of a Wolfe Tones rabble-rouser

Abbey Theatre: the letter of protest now has the support of 425 theatre workers. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

First meeting to address concerns about national theatre to be held without mediator

Around 10,000 Irish people live in the UAE; around one-third of them are teachers. Photograph: iStock

Emigrants in Abu Dhabi on the benefits of no tax, and the dangers of falling into debt

The Big Day Out expands to three among the myriad of delights for the St Patrick’s Day weekend

Ikea’s manual offers a series of 20 “bedroom positions”.

A guide from the Swedish giant with headings such as ‘the beautiful behind’ aims to, ahem, shift bedroom furniture

Seahorse is a sharp and funny play about the anxiety of being a woman in modern Ireland.

Events big and offbeat call for gender balance and celebrate achievements

Raphael Duarte: “It’s a delicate situation. We don’t know how to approach the system.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brazilians protest in Dublin this weekend against a perceived increase in racial violence

 Rónán Mullen is one of the senators elected by NUI gradutes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It’s estimated only a quarter of NUI graduates vote for the Seanad, but it’s not that simple

 Running coach Mary Jennings with her husband John Fulham and their son Harry.  Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Mary Jennings started running with a few minutes at the end of a walk, but the exercise ended up completely changing her life

The Miami Showband, killed in a Troubles bomb in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

The Miami Showband Story tells of the rise and violent death of ‘the Beatles of Ireland’

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan and Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke at the announcement of investment in the arts for 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

State investment in the arts marked but Ireland remains below European average

Inishowen Carnival Group from Donegal at the St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Susan Kirby, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival, wants to expand the celebrations

Irish and British independent and smaller publishers pick some of their favourites

Indulge your love of old cinemas, or just leave messages for whoever you share your home with. Word board and letters, €9, Penneys

Plus, candles inspired by Provençe, wordplay by Penneys and cabinets as artwork

The portrait of Lady Emily FitzGerald was painted by Joshua Reynolds when she was 43.The painting originally hung in the dining room of Carton House, Co Kildare, and is now displayed in Castletown House, formerly home of another sister, Lady Louisa Conolly

Quite the life: grand houses, political networking, 22 children, two husbands. Now she’s back, to hang in Castletown House

A work by Claudie Biehne  in “Monumentality/Fragility” at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard and Kilkenny Castle

Home Front: what’s new in interiors, crafts and design

Abbey directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Here’s what the theatre and creative talent will talk about when they meet tonight

Neil Murray, director of the Abbey Theatre: ‘Many of the people who signed that letter are friends. I see all of them as colleagues.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Abbey’s chairwoman tells Oireachtas committee the theatre will ‘address concerns’

The Luke Kelly statue by Dublin artist Vera Klute is lowered into place on Sherrif Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Kelly

The works are unveiled on Wednesday, on north and south sides of the river Liffey

News anchors Keelin Shanley and Catriona Perry in the new TV news studio. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

RTÉ unveils €1.4 million revamp of news on the Six One and 9 o’clock bulletins

  Martin Hayes, Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan  and actress Denise Gough, opening the inaugural Culture Ireland Global Ireland 2025 Conference Photograph: Julien Behal

The issue of artists’ livelihood dominated a 250-strong gathering at Dublin Castle

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has  said it was not acceptable that Irish performance actors generally earn below the living wage. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Not acceptable’ that major national institution ‘apparently lacking in governance’

Film and theatre producer Arthur Lappin played a key role in producing the bid book which won Galway the European Capital of Culture designation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Producer played key role in bid that won Galway capital of culture designation

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