Cellist Eimear Reidy presents an arboreal project Whose Woods these are.

This week features several digital editions of Irish summer festivals, plus a new event from The Irish Times

I Oedipus is an aria from a new opera by Roger Doyle, which will debut online through the Clonmel Junction Festival. Image: Trish McAdam

Clonmel Junction festival and Druid Debuts among arts events going virtual this month

Friday Night Sessions with Fergus Sheil

Events from West Cork Chamber Music Festival to Friday Opera Sessions are migrating online

Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations. Photo: Bríd O’Donovan

Their books The Narrow Land and Constellations win €20,000 and €10,000

Susannah Dickey: the Belfast-based writer’s first novel will be published next month

Susannah Dickey shares Eric Gregory prize for her collection Bloodthirsty for Marriage

Wexford Festival Opera: Lisette Oropesa will perform in this year’s closing event

Waiting for Shakespeare to feature performances by Lisette Oropesa and Celine Byrne

Shelter & Place is a digital monument to our unseen stories and quarantine spaces

Highlights include Bloomsday, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Cork film fest and a virtual quarantine visit

Les Doherty as Leopold Bloom with Darina Gallagher, Bloomsday festival director, as Molly at the James Joyce Centre, Nth Great George’s Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Virtual kidneys, readings, music: a wealth of online events based on James Joyce’s Ulysses

The diverse performers, filmed during the height of pandemic, include actors Olwen Fouéré (above) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

In New Day Will Be: A Short Film for Bloomsday 2020 actors and others worldwide, including Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke, draw (...)

KiwiCo camps kick off online from June 22nd, and offer loads of free content for 3 to 11 year olds

Activities are curbed due to Covid-19, but there’s plenty of ways to keep kids occupied

I May Destroy You: Michaela Coel as Arabella in her new BBC drama

TV review: Michaela Coel tackles a harrowing, complex theme with the lightest touch

Samantha Barry: The tale of young Irish journalist made good in a prestigious woman-focused international media brand.

TV review: RTÉ’s documentary tracks the rise of the journalist from Cork to New York

Resilient/Resilience, a large-scale street art project with Joe Caslin (Cruinniú TV South Dublin)

This week’s cultural events, online and offline, include Cruinniú na nÓg and Midsummer Moments

‘You won’t be seeing me on high stilts,’ warns Daniel

In TG4’s new series Daniel and Majella conduct a chat show sa bhaile in Donegal

Social distancing measures in place at Hodges Figgis bookshop on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Retailers try to chart safe path to reopening without losing what makes them special

Fringe past: Outdoor performance of The Lighthousekeepers

Reimagined line-up sees experimental work outdoors, plus landmarks as performance spaces

Ciara Higgins, Director of Great Music in Irish Houses. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Lockdown sees Carlow Arts Festival move online while INO’s Friday Opera Session streams on YouTube

Cultural Lore, Day of the Straws: Marie Brett, in collaboration with Katie Holly, explore how social history surrounding the 1832 Cholera epidemic relates to Covid-19

Cork Midsummer Festival’s 12-day programme includes theatre from your garden

Cancelled culture: among the many events called off because of coronavirus is this weekend’s Forbidden Fruit festival, at Royal Hospital Kilmainham, in Dublin

National Campaign for the Arts launches ‘comprehensive and achievable’ proposals

Pandemic: the first cases of coronavirus in Gaza were reported in March. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty

More than 200 artists back Amnesty International’s call for military embargo

Cathy Belton: the actor plays Patricia Hennessy in the crime drama Red Rock

The actor on baking, her favourite podcasts and getting upstaged by Dame Daisy

Maureen Kennelly, the new director of the Arts Council of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taking over the Arts Council from her kitchen table, the new director faces an upended sector

Kilkenny Arts Festival: The Big Chapel X, which was performed throughout the town of Callan for the 2019 event. Photograph: John D Kelly

Kilkenny decision follows calling off of Galway International Arts Festival in July

MayDay: Catherine Quinn and her granddaughter Hannah Quinn-Mulligan at their farm in Co Limerick

TV review: RTÉ captures the pain and pleasure of 24 hours during the pandemic

Cancelled: Sam Jinks’s In the Flesh sculpture exhibition, at Galway International Arts Festival in 2019; the festival was just one of this year’s scrapped events. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

€6.4m and 19,000 days of paid work lost; 2.4m people miss out on artistic experiences

Zak Moradi. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

TV review: A beautifully crafted RTÉ documentary explores the lives of aspiring citizens

Brian Moore and Cliona Eogan with their children Charlotte, Eleanor and baby Louisa

Photographers are using the lockdown to document the lives of people living within 2km

Lockdown: we’re about to start week eight of living with coronavirus restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Focus on the simple things, and be kind to yourself and others, says our advice columnist

Kari Kola’s artwork Savage Beauty turns Connemara Mountains emerald and blue. The public presentation in March 2020 was cancelled because of Covid-19. Photograph : Christopher Lund

Local and national partners to deliver ‘reimagined’ programme running into 2021

The Ladies Who Lunch: Meryl Street in Take Me to the World. Photograph: YouTube/Broadway.com

Actor toasts Stephen Sondheim; Abbey sends us a postcard; and socially distanced dancing

Dear Ireland: Brendan Gleeson performs a monologue written for him by Pom Boyd

Blindboy and Brendan Gleeson kick off series of 50 pieces on theatre’s YouTube channel

Sing Street: Zara Devlin with Brenock O’Connor

Zara Devlin, locked-down star of Sing Street, is to perform in its online Covid-19 fundraiser

Dear Ireland: Patrick O’Kane, Nicola Coughlan, Timmy Creed, Gina Moxley, Brendan Gleeson, Denise Gough, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Leah Minto and Lucianne McEvoy

The theatre brought 100 writers and actors together online to make sense of the pandemic

#PillowChallenge: Halle Berry’s entry. Photograph: Instagram/halleberry

Halle Berry’s #PillowChallenge, Maser’s painting raffle, dancers’ spirit-lifting moves

Anne Enright, author of Actress, one of the authors featured. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Audiences can tune in to watch Anne Enright, Kevin Barry, Sara Baume and more

Matt Damon: in method-acting training for an Adam & Paul sequel? Photograph: Twitter

The New York Times was led up the garden path when it tried to track down the stranded actor

Jon Bon Jovi on his video call with pupils at Marsh Pointe Elementary in Palm Beach Gardens, in Florida

#applaudthefrontline, a Phoenix rises, and free cars for returning Irish medics

Deirdre O’Kane: ‘I mean, the home-schooling. Jesus, what a disaster’

The comedian on Zoom cheats, stand-up and ‘beating the s***’ out of a chicken breast

#LockdownLipsync: Rachel Parris doing Trouble – complete with fab wall of showbiz photos

Comedians Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke reign supreme on #LockdownLipsync

New Zealand  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: has led her country in the face of terrorism, tragedy and now a pandemic. Photograph:   Mark Mitchell/Getty Images)

U2’s €10m donation, a plastic-eating mutant enzymes and Good Friday good things

Quarantine Diaries: Cristina Alarcón and José Luis García Perez in Diarios de la Cuarentena. Photograph: RTVE

‘Jaysus’ tweets trend, outdoor movies from your garden, and an Irish croque monsieur

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the TV series that grew out of her play Fleabag. Photograph: BBC

Garda comes to aid of 84-year-old man, comedians' favoutite routines, Fleabag on stage and a simple soup to cook

Members of An Spiddal community cast of fire bearers putting the final preparations in place for their fire lighting ceremony at the scenic pier on Monday February 3rd. Photograph: Andrew Downes.

Board says it hopes to run ‘vibrant but contracted’ programme later in the year

Mark Watter, Shaun Leonard and Victoria McCormack during a dress rehearsal for This Fierce Beauty, the Macnas parade during the Galway Arts Festival 2011.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards: Special tribute award for company with the big heads

Savage Beauty, a lighting installation at a mountain in Connemara created by Finnish artist Kari Kola as part of Galway 2020. Four nights of public illuminations in March were cancelled because of Covid-19. Homes and buildings will be lit for Shine a Light over Easter weekend. Photograph: Christopher Lund

Advocate group criticises lack of vision in €1m supports for artists during crisis

Irish playwrights (l-r)Marina Carr, Enda Walsh, Stacey Gregg and Emmet Kirwan for the European premiere of Landmark Productions and Octopus Theatricals’ Theatre for One at Cork Midsummer Festival 2019. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Tickets may be valid for rescheduled events; refunds are available for cancellations

Dublin Airport Police personnel applauding front-line healthcare workers tonight at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Julien Behal

Grateful nation unites in a show of solidarity with under pressure medical personnel

Pandemic portraits: Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss plus Molly O’Cathain’s restaging. Photographs: DeAgostini/Getty and Molly O’Cathain

Theatre designer Molly O’Cathain calls in her parents to help restage Klimt, Dalí and more

Bryan Dobson broadcasting from his home during RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

If you don’t want video callers to see how you live, download the backdrop you wish you had

The ceremony marking  the opening  of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. File photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Board meets remotely to discuss options in light of evolving Covid-19 situation

Savage Beauty is an illumination by Finnish light artist Kari Kola of an entire mountain at Loch na Fuaiche in Connemara. It has never been viewed publicly.

Board meeting set for Tuesday to decide on way forward amid ban on public gatherings

This bright, airy two-bedroom apartment, with three large sash windows overlooking Mountjoy Square, is now home to Zainab El Mahy and her sons Moussa and Yousef.

Respond, a not-for-profit housing body, has renovated three Georgian houses on Mountjoy Square and Upper Gardiner Street. Deirdre (...)

Bono: the U2 singer says his new song is a postcard ‘from Bubbalin’ Dublin’. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

U2 singer releases Let Your Love Be Known on Instagram, for those ‘in a tight spot and still singing’

Body & Soul: the Irish festival is still working on the basis that this year’s festival, at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath,  will go ahead on June 19th-21st

Body & Soul hopes to go ahead with festival as big names scrap or reschedule tours

People sing, wave and clap their hands, during a flash mob “Una canzone per l’Italia” (A song for Italy) at the Magliana district in Rome. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

As videos spread, calls for citizens to show support across Europe at noon on Friday

Kari Kola’s artwork Savage Beauty in Connemara

Savage Beauty in Connemara had been billed as largest such artwork in the world

The Irish National Opera’s production of Carmen was due to run at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from March 22nd to 28th

The pandemic has shut down Irish cultural life – with months of creativity up in smoke

Covid-19: Starbucks temporarily banned reusable cups some days ago in response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease.  Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

3fe, Gourmet Food Parlour, Sprout & Co, and Busyfeet & Coco follow Starbucks’ lead

These events are still going ahead this weekend, inside and outside St Patrick’s Festival

Launch of St Patrick’s Festival at the Museum of Litrature Ireland. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Event of the Week: There’s much more to the festival, should it proceed, than the parade

Maureen Kennelly has worked with a wide range of arts organisations in Ireland over a number of decades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Highly regarded and widely experienced director of Poetry Ireland to take over at State agency for arts

Margaret Atwood in Galway; abseiling in Croke Park; rebels and revolutionaries at Epic

Photograph: Cormac Mac Mahon/Galway 2020

Branar’s Sruth na Teanga is an ambitious immersive month-long experience in Galway

The Hard Rock Hotel has just opened in Dublin, on the corner of Exchange Street Upper and Dame Street, across from City Hall.

Decor, original artwork and memorabilia centre on music with an Irish connection

Victoria van der Spek and Max Ó Floinn

A new TG4 documentary follows Victoria and Max as they transition

Tara Lynne O'Neill: 'I became an actor because I wanted to work with people. I found another family outside of my family'

The actor best known as Ma Mary talks about hideous jumpers, being married to Tommy Tiernan on screen, and her new play about wome(...)

‘Keano’ Keane McLoughlin from Kilbarrack with one of his pieces submitted for the alternative Valentine’s exhibition at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A community-led exhibition explores homelessness and mental health in the context of love

Monica Frawley worked with playwrights including Brian Friel and Marina Carr. File photograph: Frank Miller

Frawley was one of Ireland’s best known set and costume designers

Jesse Jones,  Kevin Rafter, Orlaith McBride and Emmet Kirwan at the launch of the Arts Council’s new policy and #paytheartist campaign to improve artists’ working and living conditions by ensuring fair and equitable pay.

Jesse Jones and Emmet Kirwan speak out at Arts Council’s Paying the Artist launch

Macnas’s Out of the Wild Sky parade, part of the Bram Stoker festival in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Financial insecurity of artists in Ireland ‘causes long-term damage to our society’

Members of An Spidal community cast of fire bearers getting ready for their fire lighting ceremony. Photograph: Andrew Downes, XPOSURE.

Year as European Capital of Culture had been due to start with fire spectacle

Office emails: see the remark ‘I’m a little confused’ and you’ve witnessed rage ‘masked as a professional pleasantry’

Just to clarify, we know you’re spinning a lot of plates this week, but we hope this helps

The hustings, with all major parties represented at Project Arts Centre in Dublin was hosted by the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) coalition

NCFA says 72% of artists earn less than the minimum wage, 72% don’t have pension

Cillian Ó Gairbhí, Alex Murphy, Paul Mescal, Desmond Eastwood, Don Wycherley, Cillian Lenaghan in the Gaiety Theatre’s major new production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Photograph:  Patrick Redmond

Theatre review: This is very, very funny with a good ensemble and an impressive one-liner count

Indie publishers recommend their books to watch out for in 2020

From folk tales to diplomats, botanists to lost homelands, hermits to thrillers

The Chinese year of the rat: a sign of wealth and surplus. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Phtocall Ireland

From dumpling-making to Peking opera, the Chinese new year is a 17-day celebration in Dublin

Family-friendly?: in coming 120th, Dublin’s overall score is 68.06, compared with Helsinki’s 100 and Istanbul’s 1

The Irish capital lags behind other European capitals in a survey topped by Helsinki

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

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