Halloween parade. Macnas, founded in 1986, pioneered anarchic, visual street performance in Ireland

Award recognises 34-year contribution of Galway company to Irish theatre culture

Ireland’s top takeaways 2020: a spice bag from  Saba to Go

Just Eat National Takeaway Awards announce favourite takeaway dish, with 18 winners across 25 categories

’Ohana tiki bar is in the basement of 17 Harcourt Street, in Dublin 2

’Ohana, on Harcourt Street in Dublin, combines a tropical look with plenty of rum

Christy Dignam on the main stage at the Pendulum Summit, a ‘business, leadership and self-empowerment conference’ at Dublin’s Conference Centre. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The Aslan singer gets the Pendulum audience on their feet singing How Can I Protect You?

Adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls on the Pendulum Summit stage. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Adventurer and survivalist tells Pendulum Summit about the rules he lives by

Pendulum Summit: Sophia, Hanson Robotics’ most advanced creation, at the Dublin business convention

At Pendulum, Hanson Robotics’ creation is well beyond being Siri on a mannequin

Larry Gogan has died at the age of 81. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broadcasters and commentators remember the RTÉ DJ, who has died aged 85

Pianist Veronica McSwiney at home in Bray rehearsing for her celebration concert at the NCH next week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pianist to play NCH with daughter Aisling O’Dea, Virginia Kerr and John O’Conor

Dragon parades will take place for Dublin’s Chinese New Year festival. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Phtocall Ireland

A year of opera, trad, literature, film and much more besides, across the country

Arty McGlynn was known as one of the finest guitarists in traditional music. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty

The pioneering, influential Irish guitarist has died at the age of 75, after a long illness

Slieve League, Ireland’s highest sea cliffs, located in south west Donegal: about 2.05 million American and Canadian visitors wil have visted Ireland in 2019

Ireland beats of competition from Italy, France, Greece, Spain and England to win award for sixth time

The Abbey Theatre: ‘We are not in a position to stand over this document.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

National theatre says notes not ‘sufficiently accurate’ as facilitator stands over record

Drama at Inish, directed by Cal McCrystal, is running at the Abbey Theatre until January 24th, 2020. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Theatre practitioners thought they had reached an understanding with the Abbey on more Irish plays and more new dramas. What went (...)

Abbey criticisms: the theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Theatre professionals say Abbey had not delivered on committments, as writers express no confidence in board

Memories of Body & Soul: a scene from the 2007 Electric Picnic. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

After 16 years in Stradbally, Body & Soul is withdrawing to concentrate on its own festival in June

A view of Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2.

Number 25 Fitzwilliam Place on the Georgian Mile offers a lesson on Ireland’s past

Card tips go through the till, so staff may have no say in what happens to them. Photograph: Jess Milton/Getty

Tip in cash when possible, and grill managers about card tips and service charges

Brooklyn bound: Ruth Negga as Hamlet in the Gate Theatre’s production. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dublin theatre to stage O’Casey, Little Foxes, a new Medea and a new Nancy Harris

The Fall of the Second Republic, a co-production with The Corn Exchange, is a new ensemble comedy from Michael West and Annie Ryan.

Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Shelagh Delaney, Lisa Tierney-Keogh and Roddy Doyle part of the line-up

Broadcaster: Muiris Mac Conghail in 2014. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

People, language and traditions of the Blasket Islands particularly informed his work

Rosanna Davison with her daughter, Sophia Rose Quirke, who was born on November 21st. Photograph: Instagram/Rosanna Davison

Irish model posts about difficulty she and husband Wes Quirke had conceiving

Galway Community Circus: Its Galway 2020 event, Wires Crossed: A Balancing Act for Europe, is in jeopardy

Galway Community Circus is refused cover by 131 companies after UK insurer pulls out

Lyric FM: RTÉ plans to save money by moving the station from Limerick to Dublin and Cork. Photograph: RTÉ

Riverdance composer says closing studios shows ‘neither ingenuity nor leadership’

Tóibín had a gift for accents  and married with observation, he created a comedy tour of Ireland by accent, as seen on the Late Late Show. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Raconteur with gift for accents created a comedy tour of Ireland on the Late Late

A file photograph of Niall Tóibín on stage at the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Stage and screen figure known for roles in Ryan’s Daughter, Bracken and Ballykissangel

Francis Footwork: Ivonne Kalter and Cristian Enmanuel Dirocie in David Bolger’s entertaining, intricate production

CoisCéim uses dance as a metaphor for life in David Bolger’s artful, inventive tale

Ikea, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

We spent €200m with the Swedish retail outlet in a year. But on what?

Gay Byrne, who hosted the Rose of Tralee for many years,  receives kisses from  Melbourne Rose Emily Elliott  and  South Australia Rose  Kim Lambert at a reception in Dublin in 2003. Photograph:  Paddy Whelan

There were several strong women in Byrne’s corner, supporting his broadcasting, shaping its choices

Tara Erraught: ‘When we’re singing pieces from hundreds of years ago we want to make it relevant. It’s to do with the truth of the character.’ Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The young singer from Dundalk is building a thriving international career on opera, orchestra and recital stages across the world

Illustration: Fuchsia MacAree

Irish restaurant and hotel staff share their experiences of sexual harassment

Shops in Galway city. Photograph: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The ‘brilliantly bohemian’ city – European Capital of Culture next year – is fourth on the 2020 list

Claes Bang as Dracula. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/Hartwood Films

From a live-action Dracula radio play, to outdoor talks and tours of Stoker’s Dublin

Nick Cave of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will play in Dublin i 2020. Photograph: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Full list of all the dates the Australian rock band will perform across Europe

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?

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(...)

  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

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

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