The lastest Airbnb promo involves a contest to sleep in a roofless watchtower

Stefanie Preissner radio show ‘Situationships’ will air on RTÉ Radio 1 on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Writer Stefanie Preissner on ending the hit comedy-drama and heading for the US

Flaming Lips at the Big Top  started by releasing massive balloons into the crowd while covering ‘Space Oddity’ in a zorb, which then surfed the crowd.

Programme straddling popular and esoteric work attracts record numbers

Galway International Arts Festival: Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon loomed over Shop Street. Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Highlights so far? David Mach, Enda Walsh, Sonya Kelly and Museum of the Moon

The Museum of the Moon installation near Lynch’s Castle on Shop Street, Galway.

David Mach’s vehicles explode out of an old print work’s concrete floor, an inflatable moon rises over the street, a sharp new Iri(...)

A group photograph to mark the final major public event after a full year of campaiging by Waking The Feminists  on The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish theatre came out blazing this week, proving that gender equality is ‘not hard to do, if you want to’

The festival’s street art and spectacle includes Museum of the Moon, a giant moon featuring detailed Nasa imagery of the lunar surface by artist Luke Jerram, at NUI Galway’s Human Biology Building. Photograph: Carl Milner Photography

This year’s festival boasts a full moon, and a garden, theatre, gigs, talks and thoughts

Capital city hosts 80 productions, from club culture and female sexuality to comedy and new theatre

The Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan with Garry Hynes, Druid Theatre at the launch of the  gender policies of 10 Irish theatre organisations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Huge rise in number of women employed was sparked by Waking the Feminists movement

The Gravity & Other Myths troupe practising for a performance of ‘Backbone’, which will be at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival

Australian new circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths is coming to Galway International Arts Festival

National Symphony Orchestra: moving from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall. Photograph: RTÉ

Cabinet opts not to keep NSO within broadcaster or establish it as a separate institution

Sacha Baron Cohen at the premiere of ‘Grimsby’ in Westwood, California in 2016. Photograph: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Video ‘trailer’ sees POTUS telling the comedian: ‘Go to school! Learn about being funny’

Seamus Heaney’s children Catherine, Chris and Mick, and the poet’s widow, Marie Heaney at a piece by artist Maser, Don’t Be Afraid. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Poet’s archive at College Green reveals ‘intimacies that defined Seamus the man’

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the launch of the new exhibition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Exhibition on late Nobel laureate unveiled at new College Green cultural centre

Amybeth McNulty: the 16-year-old Donegal actor has just finished filming season two of the Netflix series Anne with an E

The 16-year-old actor on racism, sexuality and bullying, on screen and off

Seamus Heaney in Glanmore, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Jack McManus

Twitter reunites long-lost letter from the Nobel Prize winning poet and its owner

Our dad the poet: Seamus, Catherine, Mick, Marie and Chris Heaney in the 1970s. Photograph © Bobbie Hanvey; courtesy National Library of Ireland

For his family, choosing 100 poems from a long career, was weighted with memories

Stephen Swift: In a world where ego can dominate, Swift seemed to steer a path straddling decency and talent.

Obituary: Stephen Swift was ‘an outstanding example of how to live’

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan at the launch of the Government’s Audiovisual Action Plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Blueprint aims to double employment and turnover in audiovisual sector in five years

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke,  Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Arts Council director Orlaigh McBride along with Irish artists and arts organisations at the Arts Council during the Minister visit.

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke says it must seek out and support artists of the future

The Hibernian Metropolis by Senan Moloney

Boredom led Senan Molony to make a Tube-style map for Dublin through a ‘Ulysses’ prism

Diarmuid Gavin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Home Front: What to do and see across Ireland over the next few weeks

Ssinger and guitarist Kurt Cobain performing with Nirvana at the recording of  ‘MTV Unplugged in  Novemeber  1993. Photograph:  Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Smells Like Teen Spirit sweater and Cobain’s early sketches to have worldwide premiere at Kildare museum

 Solar Bones author Mike McCormack: “The heroes of the book, from the moment I finished writing it have all been women”. Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

‘A gifted generation of writers is being fostered by an equally gifted generation of young Irish editors’

Mike McCormack: “A lot of people had faith in me, to stick by me and listen to me, and put up with me during the difficult years.” Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

Latest prize for ‘Solar Bones’ is recognition for Mayo author after years in wilderness

Ciarán Lawless gave up his full-time job to concentrate on reversing liver disease with a strict diet and exercise regime.

A liver disease associated with diabetes and weight rather than alcohol can be prevented or reversed with diet and exercise

 Miranda de Pencier, Amybeth McNulty and Moira Walley-Beckett at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. Photograph: George Pimentel/Getty Images

McNulty leads the darker version of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ from ‘Breaking Bad’ writer

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Showgirls’ is an example of good practice in sex scenes.

How do you safely act having sex? Welcome to Intimacy on Set, the safe sex code for actors

Tom Ryan’s oil on canvas, Mars agus Venus

A new exhibition in the Shannonside village is ‘sure to attract a lot of attention’

The Abbey Theatre described Stephen Swift as a ‘phenomenal actor, beloved friend and respected colleague’

Dublin stage actor who has died aged 44 remembered as ‘an outstanding example of how to live’

A former resident outside the laundry at Sean McDermott Street, where there are  posies and a bouquet left at the door in memory of women who spent their lives inside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Now just 40, ‘Jenny’ was one of the last generation to live in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries

Kevin Battle is the harbour master in Portland on the northeast coast of the US. Photograph: RTE

Kevin Battle was adopted from the Sean Ross Abbey. Years later he has found his siblings

Sinéad Burke: “Her mission is clear,” says Vogue: “To educate designers on how to be fully inclusive in fashion and beyond.” Photograph: Sara Freund

Sinéad Burke joins Meghan Markle, Amal Clooney, Stella McCartney and Orla Doherty

The Instagarden from Argos who have thought long and hard about what is trending in gardening.  File photograph: Getty Images

Home Front: short of space at home but don’t want to move? A garden house is an increasingly popular option

Hard Rock Cafe Dublin - “love all serve all” at the bar

Bar-restaurant gets a bunch of new memorabilia including Phil Lynott’s guitar and Cranberries’ lyrics but U2’s Trabant is out

Irish Council for Civil Liberties says censoring art is ‘highly questionable’ as Cathleen Ní Houlihan meets Rosie the Riveter on a(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

Tom Murphy remembered as festival gears up for Galway 2020

President Michael D Higgins and Tom Murphy: “I had the pleasure of presenting Tom with the Aosdána torc in his home in 2017, a great acknowledgment by his contemporaries of his outstanding abilities as a writer”

The late playwright’s friends, colleagues and admirers remember the man and his work

Ruth Negga: the Oscar-nominated Irish actor  will play ‘Hamlet’ at the Gate theatre

Gate breaks from its painful recent past with ‘The Snapper’ and an innovative ‘Hamlet’

Irish Ferries has been in the news because of the late delivery of the WB Yeats, for its French routes. The launch of this craft seems to have gone smoothly

The trip to Wales takes two hours on Irish Ferries’ comfortable, contemporary craft

 The Natural History Museum: the €85 million investment is part of a 15-year cultural plan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rarely seen ethnographic exhibits were on display to mark 15-year refurbishment plan

Bono performs with U2 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the US leg of their d’s Experience + Innocence tour. Photograph: Photograph: Shane Bevel/The New York Times

U2 rank 3rd richest. Ed Sheeran is second-wealthiest young musician, Niall Horan 4th

 Long-term plans: the National Museum on Dublin’s Kildare Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Extensions, updgrades and connections between museum sites part of 15-year vision

Take note: Adrian Thornton of Thornton Pianos reckons the critical things in maintaining a learner’s interest are genuine interest, a good teacher, a reliable shop and a good quality piano. Photograph: Getty Images

Size, location, maker, condition: key things to look out for when choosing an instrument

The Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band

There is a ton of stuff going on across the country over the next few days

Denise Gough: Tony Award nominee for ‘Angels in America’, which also stars Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/The New York Times

Actor from Ennis almost gave up after 10 years struggling to make it in London, before landing her big break

Authors Marita Conlon-McKenna (left) and Melatu Uche Okorie at the launch of the programme for the 21st International Literature Festival Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council says Question of the Eighth event contravened its code of conduct

Elisabeth Moss: ‘Season two is going to be bad too, really dark – it’s going to get worse’

RTÉ2 airs series two of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ tonight, the first channel in Europe to do so

As part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018 Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses: the first staging in Ireland of a baroque masterpiece. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

Highlights of Kilkenny Arts Festival announced for the medieval city

Angela Clarke composed a number of songs, and this one, Hoist the Flag, was written in Dublin after the Rising.

A forgotten woman of 1916, a deaf choir and Forever Young singers come together in a celebration of neighbourhood projects

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, one of the national broadcaster’s two orchestras. Photograph: RTÉ

Report says National Symphony Orchestra should be established as separate cultural institution

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

‘On Christmas Eve there was always a sherry reception for the customers’

Big Tom: people queue to pay their respects at Oram Gaelic Football Club. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Wake at Oram GFC has been going since noon, and no sign of ending

The Jessbrook Equestrian Centre, built by convicted drug trafficker John Gilligan beside his home. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jessbrook, former home of convicted criminal John Gilligan, is ‘sale agreed’

Actors tell real-life stories of those incarcerated or working in Irish penal institutions

The experience of being ‘inside’ is the subject of a current art project at Kilmainham Gaol

Iseult Golden and Colm Maher setting up the sage at a Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

After three years off-site, the lunchtime venue returns to swish new facilities

Crawford Art Gallery to be refurbished. . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

€1.2bn to be spent as part of Project Ireland 2040 capital funding

Capacity of main auditorium to increase to 1,350 seats

After 20 years of false starts, €78m investment announced as part of Project Ireland 2040

Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill on Skellig Michael in a scene from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Photograph: Lucasfilm

Funding for Abbey Theatre, museums, National Archives and National Library

The Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin will host an unusual swap on Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

International Literature Festival Dublin has come up with a mint way to celebrate its 21st-anniversary

The investment includes €460 million earmarked for priority projects at national cultural institutions including the National Library. Photograph: Frank Miller

Priorities include renovating cultural institutions and digitising national collections

Full size replicas of the 1916 Proclamation are being printed at the National Print Museum as part of Printfest

Dublin’s National Print Museum’s classes and workshops show the medium is far from dead

Catríona Crowe, Eleanor Methven, Peter Crowley, Phillip McMahon and Sheila Pratschke in discussion at Speak Up & Call It Out, at Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Speak Up & Call it Out initiative could be turning point in controversy over Gate allegations

A long boat  at the Viking Ship Museum in  Oslo, Norway

History exaggerated the Battle of Clontarf – one of many misconceptions about Vikings

The Humours of Bandon

GB18 sees Irish theatre, art, dance and music on show all year long in Britain

Catriona Crowe, Eleanor Methven, Peter Crowley,  Philip McMahon and Sheila Pratschke at the Speak Up & Call it Out event at   Dublin’s Liberty Hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Panel discussion told it’s up to Michael Colgan how he deals with misconduct allegations

 Campaign director Lian Bell (front) leading a Waking the Feminists event  on the Rosie Hackett Bridge  in Dublin in 2016. Photograph:  Kate Horgan

The grassroots movement called for equality for women across the Irish theatre sector

A demonstration at the Abbey Theatre during the Waking The Feminists event in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The sector is coming together to establish a code of behaviour in the wake of the Gate controversy

The answer to growing food in the inhospitable terrain of Mars could be the same as here on Earth: bees.

Review: The Diary of a Martian Beekeeper impressively marries science and theatre

Michael Colgan: achieved success at the Gate by force of personality and ego. Picture: Matt Kavanagh

Some participants in review of former head’s behaviour want more accountability

St Patrick’s Festival: Dublin’s main parade starts at noon on March 17th. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

From Dublin’s huge parade to small, quirky events around Ireland

Gate board review has found its former artistic director Michael Colgan has a “case to answer” in relation to dignity at work, inappropriate behaviour and abuse of power. He denies these findings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Day of action will push for cultural change and elimination of bullying and harassment

Michael Colgan: report states his behaviour included putting himself in too close proximity to staff and creating excuses for physical contact; making comments of a sexual nature to actresses; telling personal stories of a sexual nature; rubbing backs and placing “hand on knee while typing”.

Former Gate artistic director of the Gate rejects claims of being a bully, shouting at staff or using profane language

The Gate Theatre’s former artistic director Michael Colgan denied being a bully, shouting at staff or using profane language, in the review into allegations of inappropriate behaviour and abuse of power against him. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former Gate director denies he is a bully and realises he should have had a code of ethics

It feels like the time is now. So join one of the many events celebrating women

Odka from Mongolia performing during the Cirque Berserk at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne, The Irish Times

The ‘significant’ financial burden will have implications beyond cancelled events

Walking in the snow in Dublin city centre on Thursday. Many theatres, cinemas and museums have cancelled events. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many performances around the country called off and festivals are severely curtailed

There are a variety of card games kids can play, from Swiss or Old Maid for the younger ones to Go Fish. Photograph: Getty

When they get in from playing outside, make the most of the Snow Days and avoid the screens

Bread supplies at Dunne’s Stores St Stephens Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

We’re waiting for the blizzard. Is this a sign of things to come? How will we ever cope?

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan. Gaye Cunningham’s report found he had ‘a case to answer’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Author of report is disappointed and ‘a bit surprised’ it is not fully published

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan: Gaye Cunningham’s report  found that he had “a case to answer”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Chairman says board has been as transparent as possible but cannot put theatre in jeopardy

The review had input from 56 people, which included current and former employees including Michael Colgan, above, freelance staff and board members. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Publication would breach confidentiality of participants, says Gate Theatre board

Chow down: The law nolonger prohibits pets from cafes and restaurants. Photograph: Getty Images

After the rules change on pets in restaurants and pubs, some tips to keep them under control, and not to distract working dogs

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Young Irish fiction writers have made strides in recent years, and 2018 promises some fine debuts. Here six authors introduce thei(...)

Millenial pink lands in the kitchen with Aga’s new Blush-coloured cooker.

Tom Dixon's sofa for Ikea comes with a handy shelf for a cuppa while Aga has introduced a new shade, called Blush, to chime with a(...)

Grace Dyas at the Magdalene laundry site on Railway Street in north inner city Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Her new play deals with a search at a Magdalene laundry, but is also a metaphor for things we hope will never surface

Radiator on but it’s still perishing. Photograph: Getty

Attic doors and fireplaces are your enemies, rugs and chimney balloons your friends

Love comes in many guises. It can start at birth, or can be for people we’ve never met. As Valentine's Day approaches we look at l(...)

Michael Colgan, who was for 30 years one of the leading Irish cultural figures. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Review heard reports from 56 people about behaviour of former artistic director; board resignations to be fast-tracked

Lebanese chef Alan Geaam poses in the kitchen of his restaurant ‘Alan Geaam’ in Paris, after he received a Michelin star. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Self-taught Lebanese chef Alan Geaam triumphs in foodie bible – and in his own rags-to-riches narrative in Paris

The video clip shows Donald Trump’s struggle to keep whatever hair substance is on his head attached to the scalp

Following analysis, it’s generally agreed Trump’s hairdo is overlong strands in a sort of tonsure

Paddy Moriarty (70): missing since December 2016. He was last seen in the Australian outback town of Larrimah, where he lived. Photograph: courtesy ABC News

Paddy Moriarty and his dog Kellie disappeared after leaving the pub in a tiny Northern Territory community in December

Actor John Mahoney at the opening of Galway International Arts Festival in 2012. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The actor best known as Frasier’s dad Marty in hit TV show performed regularly at the Galway Arts Festival

Homefront: What’s new in interiors

 French chef Sebastien Bras  in the kitchen of his three-star restaurant Le Suquet, in Laguiole,  France. Photograph: Remy Gabaldaremy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

Sebastien Bras is free of Michelin pressure as his restaurant, Le Suquet is left out of 2018 guide

‘People are definitely concerned about ICE’s aggressive tactics.’ Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Dylan O’Riordan targeted by US immigration and jailed for outstaying his visa

5 Johnstown House, Glasnevin, Dublin 11: €170,000, DNG Phibsboro

Eligible homes in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and around the country

Brutalist wallpaper  is probably too much for a full room, but would make a striking and bold feature wall

Home Front: Contemporary furniture for kids’ bedrooms and inspiring exhibitions

Former Gate Theatre artistic director Michael Colgan has been accused of bullying. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Theatre responds to 72 women concerned about inquiry

The statement of solidarity by theatre women highlights gender inequality, exposed in a Waking the Feminists report published last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Investigation of conduct of former director Michael Colgan ‘needs trust’ of alleged victims

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