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

The Theatre Forum delegation on their way into Leinster House on Tuesday to present research on precarious employment in performing arts. From left, theatre artists Louise Lowe, Gary Keegan, Peter Daly (Theatre Forum chair), Anna Walsh (Theatre Forum director), Liv O’Donoghue, Peter Power, Shaun Dunne and Irma McLoughlin (Theatre Forum general manager)

Average weekly earnings of €494 for performers in the arts is two-thirds of the average in other sectors

Graham Linehan: ‘I’m not transphobic’

Petition calls on RTÉ to drop the writer from ‘Prime Time’ report on transgender issues

The Galway 2020  logo: Preparations have been dogged by funding problems and a number of high-profile departures.

Organisational difficulty ‘isn’t unusual in big city of culture projects’, new administrator says

Sarah Davis-Goff. Photo by Bríd Donovan

We asked some writers to tell us about their debuts ahead of their publication

Peter Power: “I am better at what I do now than I have ever been, and yet 2019 holds for me less security than any year of my life.”

Ireland sends out its impoverished artists with a fanfare of glitter and we return home to poverty

Theatre Forum represents the Performing Arts. Photograph: Ste Murray

Cultural professions are characterised by low pay, poor conditions and precarious work, according to new research.

Abbey Theatre: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray took over in January 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Directors apologise to Fiach Mac Conghail for ‘distress’ caused by €1.4m deficit claim

John Cleese on the main stage at the Pendulum Summit at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The comedian and actor on his pet hates and staying with the real Basil Fawlty

The Abbey Theatre Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

National theatre addresses letter detailing ‘deep concern’ from theatre professionals

Jane Brennan (right) in Druid’s ‘Richard III’, which played at the Abbey Theatre last year in 2018 Photograph: Robbie Jack

Short contracts: Actors Jane Brennan and Frank McCusker on the effect of the theatre’s new strategy

Abbey controversy: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, its joint directors, at the theatre just before they took over, in January 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over 300 actors and directors are dismayed by its new strategy. The Abbey has come out fighting

 Sally Rooney: youngest winner of Costa Novel Award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish novelist is one of five category winners and goes on to compete for Costa Book of the Year on January 29th

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National theatre’s new policy sees pay ‘fall 25%’ and overall employment ‘dry up’

In some areas, St Stephen’s Day is traditionally set aside for heading to the pub. Photograph: iStock

You can eat out in Ireland on December 26th, if you know where to look

Members of the Forever Young chorus  during their Christmas lunch with musical director Brendan Creagh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

This Dublin choir is challenging its members aged 65-85 with rock and punk

Owen Roe played the role of Frank Hardy in Faith Healer by Brian Friel, at the Gate theatre in 2010

‘His ability to freeze the elusive and contradictory essence in a physical gesture is the mark of a great actor’

A vote for a young maths teacher Eamon De Valera

It's the first time Edward Carson and Michael Collins will go head to head with Corrie

When the school play was staged in 2004 or 2005, the young actor already had a life’s worth of experience

O’Connell’s CBS has posted a video of the Irish film actor in a 2004/5 Christmas show

Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

The ending of the ban on women voting and standing for election is being celebrated across the country

Purple haze: The Custom House, North Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Council unveils Winter Lights Dublin City – a year in planning ... and a sight to behold

Blockbusters with Bob Holness. The show will return on Comedy Central with Dara O Briain as host.

As the classic quiz returns, hosted by Dara O Briain, we want to hear about your TV memories

Jessie Buckley with the Most Promising Newcomer award, during the 21st British Independent Film Awards in London. Photograph:  Matt Crossick, PA Wire

And Element Pictures scoop 10 prizes for ‘The Favourite’ at British Independent Film Awards

The original broadway cast of Come From Away.

‘I was crying so hard I had snot bubbles and was laughing at the same time’

Some staff at the Ivy are unhappy about an absence of clarity about how card tips – the majority – are handled. Photograph: Getty Images

Controversy over tipping at Dublin’s new Ivy restaurant exposes a knotted, opaque system

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Sculptural lighting illuminates Collins Barracks while a Celtic spa in Naas offers refuge

Tarana Burke: The Me Too founder at the TEDWomen conference in Palm Springs. Photograph: Marla Aufmuth/Ted

Campaign needs to focus on power and privilege imbalances, says Tarana Burke

Listening to the ‘Irish Times’ food writers is like eavesdropping on two seasoned bloggers

Lilly Higgins and Sorcha Hamilton discuss craft beer, destination breweries and no-alcohol brews

The Ivy Restaurant on Dawson Street in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Management accuses waiting staff of ‘deplorable greed’ for not sharing tips

Gwyneth Paltrow: is she serious? Photograph: Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

Already got Goop’s vagina eggs and coffee suppositories? Here’s its ultimate present

In the Irish Times Food Month podcast, Catherine Cleary shares her reviewing secrets

Richard Herring: “Equality works both ways”

The comedian is a crusader for the cause. Especially on International Women’s Day

International Men’s Day: the FAI, a White Ribbon ambassador, supports the campaign each year with a key match

Organisers say leading by example will ‘allow everyone the opportunity to prosper’

Dr Chloe Schwenke: I was fired from my job when I transitioned, and my marriage fell apart. Photograph: Mark Stedman

‘When you’ve heard one transgender story, you’ve heard one transgender story’

The funeral of  Sonny Knowles will take place in Dublin next week. Photograph: Collins

Musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant died aged 86

Sonny Knowles at the Olympia Theatre in 1988.  Photograph: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

The musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant has died aged 86

The  adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Photograph: AFP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

‘Warning! Never fly @AerLingus ... ALL of my bags were lost,’ adult film star complains

With global warming, what is the future of wine-making in Ireland?

World Wars 1, 2 and 3 by Cristina Sampaio: “This cartoon is obviously controversial in its assertion, but it has an impact that can’t be ignored,” says festival director Richard Chapman

Galway Cartoon Festival explores work inspired by the first World War armistice

Rathmines by Roger O’Reilly

Roger O’Reilly has produced a beautiful series of high-quality posters of Dublin villages

IVF: Michelle and Barack Obama in February. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

In her upcoming book 'Becoming' the former first lady also talks about a miscarriage that left her feeling a 'failure'

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin “left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the academy he founded”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pioneering musician had a ‘fearless sense of exploration’, says president

Tributes: the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

President said pioneering musician, composer and academic 'fearless sense of exploration'

Lauren Coe as Emma in Landmark Productions and The Everyman’s stage production of ‘Asking for It’ by Louise O’Neill. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Drama and performance can play a role in teasing out the grey areas of consent, and changing hearts and behaviour

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, RIAM director Deborah Kelleher, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and (front row) Cormac Mac Canna (10), Yikai Zhao (7), Sarah Brazil (10) and Charlotte Croke (11) during Thursday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Westland Row campus redevelopment involves €9m public funding and significant philanthropy

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

From Macnas parades and the Bram Stoker Festival to Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Stokerland is a free pop-up Victorian fun park over the weekend in St Patrick’s Park. Photograph: Olga Kuzmenko/

Fangs for the legacy as Dublin celebrates the creator of Dracula, the supernatural and Samhain

U2 on tour: the band end their European Experience + Innocence shows playing in front of an EU  flag. Photograph: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty

'Our audience will be split different ways,' Adam Clayton tells the BBC

Casino Marino: Ireland’s miniature 18th-century architectural masterpiece

More than 100 architecturally significant city buildings open their doors this weekend

Josepha Madigan:  setting up a performance delivery agreement for its Galway2020 funding in the next few weeks. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Minister announces Markievicz bursaries for women artists and writers, to mark women’s suffrage, and hopes Galway 2020 appoints ne(...)

#GirlsTakeover: Plan International Ireland volunteers will be at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Photograph: Frank Miller

Girl takeovers also planned at Gate Theatre as UN urges empowerment for young women

 Alan McGlynn, Michael Dunphy,  Rose Crockett, Paul Doherty, and John O’Connell of  Cork-based Slí Eile, winners of the  Business in the Community Award at this year’s Bord Bia National Organic Awards

Making a meal of it, with Irish lamb, tomatoes, blue cheese and apple wine at National Organic Awards

The Fever: an antidote to the era of the individual. Photograph: Waleed Shah

Dublin Theatre Festival: 600 Highwaymen respond to social and political polarisation

Arts Council chairwoman thanks Minister for determination in representing the sector in budget negotiation

RMS Leinster: from Brian Palm’s painting for An Post’s stamp to mark the centenary of the disaster

A century ago this week 569 passengers perished aboard the ill-fated mailboat

Krispy Kreme: the Blanchardstown doughnut store’s drive-through window. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

The queue is organised with metal barriers, like at an airport

Emmy winner: The Farthest tells the story of Nasa’s Voyager space probes

Emer Reynolds film about Nasa Voyagers tackles science ‘with awe and emotion’

Rocketman: Elton John as played by Taron Egerton

‘Rocketman’ trailer features concerts, pools, parties, emergencies and lots of 1970s colour

Actor Emma Watson:  ‘You didn’t want to become the face of a movement,’ she writes. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

‘Harry Potter’ actor writes: ‘In your memory, we continue the fight for reproductive justice’

Angelina, Daisy and Raul, members of St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, at the reopening of Kevin Street Library in Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Redesign for 21st-century use – which cost €3.9m and took five years – protects many original features

Members of the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance in Cork prepare to audition for the Late Late Toy Show in 2017. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Aspiring stars must submit an audition tape by Friday for a chance to perform in the show

My Dad’s Blind: Anna Sheils-McNamee’s play was named best production at Dublin Fringe Festival

After 16 days and 80 productions, festival wraps up with awards in 11 categories

It also wants to see ‘more commuters missing their stop’ ... but all for a good reason

Handmaid’s Tale Halloween outfit: Yandy’s “brave red maiden” costume

Rape and enforced surrogacy turn out to be less empowering than Yandy seems to have imagined

Drip Feed: Karen Cogan mixes the lyrical and the brutal. Photograph: Jonathan Birch

Dublin Fringe Festival: Karen Cogan is precise and engaging as Brenda, ‘youngish, female and queer’ in 1990s Cork

Quicksilver: Bunny Carr hosted the quizshow from 1965 to 1981. Photograph courtesy of RTÉ

A gift from single-channel land, the quizshow and its catchphrase are part of who we are

Culture Night 2018:   ballerinas from Dance Ireland with drumming sensations the Hit Machine. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

It’s hard not to be bamboozled by the choice on offer. Here’s a selection of the best bits

Foil, Arms & Hog: long-time Dublin Fringe Festival favourites

Dublin Fringe Festival: Foil, Arms & Hog are silly, inventive and genuinely very funny

Peter Branigan in the basement room of 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin, where he was born. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

14 Henrietta Street is opening as a museum to portray 270 years of urban life in Dublin

The Goethe Institute will be formally unveiled with four days of public events.

No expense spared as German state adds five-storey mews to cultural centre

Scale design plans for the new Dublin City Library at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The design team, led by Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Architects, is currently finalising the planning application which will be lodged with An Bord Pleanala for consideration in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography

Architects unveil plans for 11,000 sq m grand design in Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

Irish writers have poured scorn on a Guardian listing of books that define Ireland

Bono  is seen on stage during a 2017 concert  in Berlin, Germany. File photograph: Frank Hoensch/Getty Images

Why are singers’ voices at risk as they age, and what happens if they are lost on stage?

Janet Moran in 'A Holy Show'

The 2018 event includes productions on shame, fatherhood and an Aer Lingus hijacking

Irish couple Mark Pollock and Simone George speaking at Ted 2018 in Vancouver. Photograph: Ryan Lash/TED

In their Ted talk George and Pollock explore how "climbing into the raging river of grief when tragedy strikes can be the way to g(...)

 Jacksonville, Florida where David Katz  was playing in a videogame tournament, before murdering  Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson. Photograph: Gianrigo Marletta / AFP

Rivalry between gamers can trigger aggressive action

An unusual, playful and visually striking public seating structure and hangout space on a green area running alongside Spencer Dock. Photograph: A Playful City

New initiative at Spencer Dock is a gathering space created by A Playful City

Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO: ’We’re now comfortable that we think we have vehicles that could do it’ Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

2022 take off may feature planes with gym, bar, creche and sleeping area facilities

Herald Angel winners: Rory Nolan, Garrett Lombard, Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan in Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

As the international and fringe festivals close, Irish teams reflect on a good month

The GLHF Game Bar, Florida, where David Katz killed three people including himself. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Violent videogames can lead to aggression, but rivalry between gamers is a bigger risk

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

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