Abbey Theatre’s artistic director Caitríona McLaughlin and executive director Mark O’Brien are getting the organisation ready for an extended building, creating a cultural hub in Dublin 1. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Caitríona McLaughlin and Mark O’Brien on the way forward for the national theatre

The band Kíla are one of the acts performing at Tradfest in Dublin, which opens on January 26th.

Artists and organisers are ready and waiting to stage a lavish array of events in 2022

Dermot Morgan as Father Trendy. The image features in a new exhibition at the National Photographic Archive marking 60 years of television in Ireland. Photograph: John Rowe/RTÉ

An exhibition at the National Photographic Archive marks 60 years of TV in Ireland

Slade: Don Powell & Noddy Holder. Photograph: Jorgen Angel/Redferns

Noddy Holder says it’s ‘like winning the lottery every December 25th for the rest of your life’

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is revising the entire season of Lion King, due to start on December 23rd for six-weeks.

Musicals, plays and gigs rescheduled or cancelled entirely in light of Covid surge

In 1997 the Dún Laoghaire Baths closed and fell into disrepair, now its refurbishment nears completion

For years the derelict amenity was a blight on the seafront, a lost opportunity for a public facility

The Peacock Theatre, Dublin: The Basic Income for the Arts was a key initiative of Budget 2022, which allocated €25 million to the pilot. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Landmark move’ to involve €325 weekly payment without means testing

Split gigs: Dermot Kennedy had two charity gigs at Dublin’s 3Arena, on December 13th and 14th. Now he has four. Photograph: Stephen J Cohen/Getty

Some acts are performing two concerts on the same date rather than let fans down

Home Alone: the McCallister mansion, in Winnetka, Illinois, is up for rent. Photograph: Sarah Crowley/Airbnb

The McCallister family home – ‘on the most boring street in the US’ – is taking bookings

Dutch poet Rye Aker’s latest poem to capture our heart is ‘Toy Show’, for the week that’s in it.

Rye Aker on the Toy Show: ‘A Masters Degree in/ soundness/ passed subliminally’

While many celebrated women chefs have high profiles in Ireland, that visibility doesn’t extend into the sector’s kitchens

Despite chef shortages, women make up just a third of chefs in Ireland and still occupy the lowest ranking roles

The Trekkers Mountaineering Club  on manoeuvres in Glen Of The Downs, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The walking group for ‘activity, looking at nature, talking nonsense’ is almost 40 years old

The Gate Theatre auditorium, cleared of seats to create a studio space during Covid lockdown. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Theatre has been resilient, but with the Gate in trouble, the sector is on a knife edge

Selina Cartmell steps down after a five-year term as director and CEO.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin theatre grapples with ‘unsustainable’ financial model and Covid fallout

Charlie Taggart from Greystones in Co Wicklow at the Creating Our Future roadshow. Creating Our Future is asking people to submit their ideas about what researchers in Ireland should explore to create a better future through the dedicated online portal, which is open until the 30th November Photograph: Jason Clarke

Creating our Future is asking citizens for ideas about future scientific research

 Minister for Culture Catherine Martin with Siobhan Bourke (right) and Jane Daly (left), co-directors of the Irish Theatre Institute, and research lead Dr Ciara L Murphy, at the launch of the  Speak Up: A Call For Change Report, containing findings from a 2021 survey on dignity in the workplace in the Irish arts sector. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Limited opportunities and limited employers ‘create a fertile landscape for abuse’, report finds

Speak Up: Minister for Arts and Culture Catherine Martin (second left) with Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly of the Irish Theatre Institute, and lead researcher Dr Ciara L Murphy. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Bullying, harassment, humiliation and sexual assault ‘likely to be accepted norms’

Cathy McGuinness, Rachel Lyons, Sarah Corcoran and Pamela Connolly of Pillow Queens: ‘It’s difficult to maintain an identity as an artist when your day-to-day reality doesn’t match up.’ Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Pilot scheme could see 2,000 creative workers get €325 a week from March 2022

The Peacock Theatre, Dublin:  the proposed  basic income guarantee scheme will have  an initial budget of €25m. Photograph: Alan Betson

Budget 2022: Arts Council funding remains at €130m

Paddy Moloney in 2019. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The musician, composer, arranger and producer has died at the age of 83

Bang! playwright Michelle Read: ‘When you’re trying to create something dramatically, you’re talking to the people who are living it and trying to refine that experience.’ Photograph: Ste Murray

Performer and playwright’s new work Bang! explores trans identity in a family setting

Seafront plaza: an artist’s impression of the scheme proposed by Blackrock Village Rejuvenation Group

Terraced plaza would be raised over railway line to reach shore of Dublin suburb

How to avoid sexual assault! A quick and easy guide

After police victim-blaming in the Sarah Everard case, these tips hit the nail on the head

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks: Sarah Hanly in her one-woman show

Dublin Theatre Festival: In her first play, Hanly describes sexual exploration and discovery in her convent-school oratory

Once Before I Go at the Gate Theatre, the world premiere from Phillip McMahon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Audience returns for first time since March 12th, 2020, to attend Once Before I Go

Another Bond retires: English actor Daniel Craig on the red carpet at the world premiere of No Time to Die in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

The much-delayed James Bond film is finally on the big screen. Is it 00-heaven or 00-hell?

RGB Sconce, Hold Your Nose: Alan Phelan with his new sculpture, which sits on the O’Connell plinth outside Dublin City Hall. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Alan Phelan’s RGB Sconce, Hold Your Nose is first of six Sculpture Dublin commissions

The Third Day by Kevin Donnellan has won this year’s RTÉ Short Story Competition

Winning story to be broadcast followed by runners-up Sara Keating and Dónal Minihane

Dun Leary’s Last Corner Shop: John Hyland in his corner store. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John Hyland’s devotion to his customers made him a much-loved shopkeeper

Best Place to Live in Ireland: Waterford and its quay. Photograph: Alan Betson

What makes Waterford the Irish Times contest’s winner? These 15 factors swung it for the city

Backwards up a rainbow: Rosaleen Linehan’s ease and synchronicity with her son Conor are a pleasure to watch. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Review: The gutsy, saucy actor and comedian revisits her life with honesty and humour

  Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara where second part of John Gerrard’s stunning large-scale installation, Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work stands. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Organisers pulled together significant festival from wreckage of Covid

St Brigid: ‘She’s everywhere, she’s all around us’

She inspired Grace O’Malley, Maud Gonne, Brigitte Bardot, UK suffragettes and Buy Irish

NCH chief executive Robert Read, pianist Finghin Collins, violinists Siun Milne and Diane Daly, cellist Isaac Bovyer and NCH chair Maura McGrath at  rehearsals on Thursday for the first concert with an audience at the National Concert Hall since the pandemic began. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin musical venue reopens 18 months after its last live audience on the main stage

Beautiful World, Where Are You: Stephen Devlin with Sally Rooney’s new book as it went on sale at Hodges Figgis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Booksellers report brisk sales of Beautiful World, Where Are You, the writer’s new novel

‘We have to build up a whole team again to get Vicar Street open’

Senior booker is ‘sick, sore and tired of rescheduling shows three, four or five times’

Costly lesson: Schools, publishers, book shops and the Department of Education are part of an expense-fuelling textbook matrix every year. Photograph: iStock

Every summer, families pay huge sums while the Department of Education looks on

Branar Theatre are putting on Sruth na Teanga, an immersive, intimate journey through the story of the Irish language. Photograph:  Colm Hogan

Performers put on shows in a bog, a former airport and on the Aran Islands

Emerald: Sharon Horgan (in red) at the Forty Foot in south Dublin this week. Photograph: Tom Honan

The star’s production company plays dumb but appears to be filming around Dublin

Karan Casey’s I Walked into My Head, presented by Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ste Murray

Ranging from opera to a skatepark installation, the programme marks an extraordinary balancing act

The first Irish research to be published on working conditions in the hospitality sector  paints a troubling picture. Photograph: iStock

Behind well-publicised staff shortages lurks a story of poor working conditions

Covid safety: only some restaurants follow the guidelines properly. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty

Unite union members also report low pay, poor working practices and insecure contracts

Fined: Norway’s women’s beach handball team in the shorts they were penalised for wearing against Spain. Photograph: Norwegian Handball Federation

Opinion: The athletes of Norway’s handball team wore shorts instead. Just like the men

Superflux: Dublin Fringe Festival 2021 takes place from September 11th to 26th

The festival's 27th edition includes 26 world premieres plus three Dublin premieres

The Ivy restaurant outdoor seating. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

As indoor dining reopens, a cautionary tale of one restaurant’s experience in December 2020

Mr Waffle Cafe at Newcastle Road where Galway Community Cafe is based. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Innovative service is a collaboration between HSE and Galway Forum

Test concert: the event takes place on July 3rd at Imma, home of the Forbidden Fruit Festival. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

Gavin James, Denise Chaila and more to perform at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on July 3rd

Marie Mullen in Landmark Productions’ The Saviour. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The Saviour, about warped Irish religiosity, is live-streaming during Cork Midsummer

Members of the London Irish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans network. Photograph: James Berkery

A new exhibition celebrates the cultural and social impact of Ireland’s LGBTQ+ diaspora

Sr Colette in the garden at the Poor Clare monastery, Nun’s Island, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sr Colette of the Galway enclosed order on embracing a life unimaginable to many

Basic income for artists: Minster for Culture Catherine Martin called the idea an exciting proposal that has been the subject of positive commentary both nationally and internationally. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Government to develop three-year trial of full scheme that would cost €27.4m a year

The former Braun factory in Carlow, which closed in 2010, once employed 1,400 people, mostly women.

Modernist complex housing Woman in the Machine art experience for Brightening Air festival

Margaret Atwood: “You need me in the lifeboat because I’ll be of help to you, and a lot of these other people know dipshit.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The novelist talked to Max Porter at the Borris House festival’s Spring Series of online talks

The public toilet map now has almost 700 loos and is starting to include more details such as directions, cleanliness and charges. Photograph: Getty Images

Each time the public share loo locations with, they help improve our outdoor life

Gráinne Leahy, Róise O’Donnell and Isabelle Ryan with fellow transition year students from Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee. Photograph: Pauline Dennigan

A scheme by Kerry pupils arms young people to spot and counteract controlling behaviour

Irish cinemas say they need a reopening date to give them a chance of surviving. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Operators say they have been left behind as 80% of European cinemas now have timetable

The Virgin Mary Bar, 54 Capel Street, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

We gave the world the Irish pub. Now we’re giving them the alcohol-free Irish pub ...

Rupert Everett, pictured in 2019. Photograph: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Eco-Age

Everett and Simon Callow were in conversation at the Borris Festival of Writing & Ideas

Electric Picnic 2021: ‘I can see no reason why the Irish Government wouldn’t be saying you can be back to normal in August,’ says Melvin Benn of Festival Republic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Music promoters say big events, with full Covid testing, should be possible by summer

Deirdre Falvey at the Hair Box salon on Patrick Street, Dún Laoghaire, post-hair rescue. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

I’m more than delighted with My New Hair; now all I need is somewhere to take it

National Gallery of Ireland: sisters Caoimhe,  Farrah and Alannah Culhane, who are 10, six and eight, at the Dublin cultural institution, which reopens on Monday, May 10th. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

From the National Gallery to the Book of Kells, and Croke Park to the leprechaun museum

Drama and theatre studies students from NUI Galway perform in Nochtaithe (Unveiled), an artistic response to the survivor testimonies gathered and archived as part of NUI Galway’s Tuam oral history project. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

A new NUI Galway production responds to the lived experiences notably missing from the report into mother and baby homes

Drowned Galway

Playful images of life after the deluge are a serious attempt to challenge climate inaction

Doireann Ní Ghríofa preparing for Cork Midsummer Festival at The Everyman. Photograph: Clare Keogh

A dynamic blend of outdoor and online events runs from breakdancing to doorstep performances

After the Taoiseach’s address, the Government’s Merrion Street website and social media stated cinemas would be allowed to reopen from June 7th. Photograph: iStock

Government removes reopening date online as TDs post about June 7th on social media

Galway International Arts Festival: sunrise at John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion: Corn Work, at Claddagh Quay in 2020. Photograph: Emilija Jefremova

Covid-19 restrictions also force postponement of city’s Big Top gigs to summer 2022

A Twitter screengrab showing a date of June 7th for the reopening of cinemas and other facilities.

Pilots of large-scale events planned with small cultural events for 15 outdoors allowed from May 10th

Amy Adams in 2007 hit Enchanted. Photograph: Buena Vista Pictures

Those who want a moment of glory in Disney sequel will have to jump through some hoops

Imelda May: ‘How can a female artist have her music heard if she’s not played? How can a female artist reach chart success if people aren’t even aware her music exists?’ Photograph: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

Why Not Her? collective says women and artists of colour ignored by music industry

Actors Stephanie Dufresne, Victoria McCormack and Anna Mullarkey in Ar Ais Arís, three 180-degree films set in a virtual Connemara landscape. Photograph: Julia Dunin

Light Ballet on the Shannon and VR films are part of 10-day Brightening Air programme

One of Frances Kelly’s paintings, a portrait of her daughter Eavan Boland as a young girl. It features in the poster for Druid’s Boland: Journey of a Poet.

Performance piece edited by Colm Tóibín will livestream one year after the poet’s death

One of the cornerstones of therapeutic treatment is trust and confidentiality, so people feel safe to expose vulnerabilities. File photograph: Getty

Media reports expose cases where psychiatrists have shared notes of clients’ sessions

Galway Post Office at Eglinton Street: A property developer will refurbish the post office, create a civic space and will be free to use the rest for retail and commercial units.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

An Post is seeking to lease site to developer for mixed use including civic space

Zaska showcase

Fund It, the Irish crowdfunding website, celebrates 10 years, having supported 1,200 creative projects

Closed for a year, the theatre is staging a new Frank McGuinness play written during Covid

Noam Chomsky

Joe Biden’s biographer; novelist Polly Samson and husband David Gilmour also feature

Following the pilot, and nearly six months after it was announced, applications are open this week for the Live Performance Support Scheme. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Analysis: Grants to be paid in arrears, which may be difficult for cash-strapped promoters

Live Performance Support Scheme: under the first round, the Gleneagle INEC Arena was granted €400,000. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 will award grants of €10,000-€800,000

It can be a challenge to make solitary periods quality time

The time is always right for solitude skills: journaling, scheduling time for yourself, treating yourself well ...

Douglas Stuart, whose novel Shuggie Bain won the Man Booker Prize, headlines the Cúirt festival this year.

There’s a strong lineup for this year including Viet Thanh Nguyen, Emma Dabiri, Kerri ní Dochartaigh, Elaine Feeney, Max Porter, M(...)

Louisamay Hanrahan (right) of Let’s Help DP delivers items to volunteer Tumi Gaonwe and her six-month-old son, who live in direct provision. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Matching mothers to pass on the tradition of handing down baby essentials

Ballet Poulet by Fanzini Productions

This year’s virtual festival will be a six-day TV channel in Ireland, and online worldwide

Hugh Lane Gallery director  Dr Barbara Dawsonand the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu looking at the Edouard Manet ‘Music in the Tuileries Gardens ‘ painting at the announcement of a new partnership agreed between the National Gallery, London and the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New partnership around 39 works agreed between Dublin and London galleries

Arts Council grants: the Irish Chamber Orchestra is one of the cultural groups to receive extra funding in 2021

Record €130m budget reflects reality that culture sector ‘will still be living with Covid’

Abbey Theatre: Caitríona McLauglin and Mark O’Brien are its new artistic and executive directors

Caitríona McLaughlin and Mark O’Brien will succeed Graham McLaren and Neil Murray

St Patrick’s Festival 2021: the organisers say they are inviting the world to take a front-row seat for this year’s virtual events. Photograph: Allen Kiely

Awaken Ireland! theme will ‘connect our family of 80m’ with more than 100 virtual events

Stanley Townsend on stage with director Lynne Parker before the  premiere of Solar Bones by Mike McCormack in an adaptation by Michael West. Photograph: Mark Stedman

The theatre company is feeding the future through a wide development programme

Dancer and choreographer Emma O’Kane who has died aged 44. Photograph : Conor Horgan

CoisCéim dancer was ‘a performer of extreme passion and talent’

Kerri Chandler playing at District 8 in Jam Park in Swords, Co Dublin in 2019. Long before Covid, there was a sense of loss of city nightlife, with the closure of clubs and culture spaces alongside the conversion of city centres into streets of hotels. Photograph: Daniel Rrell.

‘On the dancefloors we totally lost ourselves and discovered ourselves’

Gabriel Byrne: ‘Secrecy, silence and shame are the enemies.’ Photograph: Cig Harvey/New York Times

The actor spoke to Hugh Linehan on the final evening of the Irish Times Winter Nights festival

Women in Harmony covered Dreams to raise funds and awareness for Safe Ireland, a charity working with women and children experiencing domestic violence

Gender Disparity report shows boost for female Irish artists only on some radio stations

Contingency planning is the name of the game for arts festivals and events in the coming year

The survey in May-June 2020, when many countries were under some form of lockdown, used a sample of 2,360 adults across four regions – the island of Ireland, Britain, the US and New Zealand. Photograph: iStock

A pandemic plus: Irish people cooking more from scratch, according to study

Sean Millar

Elaine Kelly, Steve Wall, Sharon Shannon, Seán Millar and others on a tough year for the arts

Karen Whooley teaching sixth-class students at St Audoen’s National School in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pupils and students around Ireland, and their teachers, on learning in Covid-19’s shadow

Tommy Tiernan in Samhlú 2020

TG4’s joyous and surreal film celebrates the resilience of art in the age of Covid

Starving children in Ethiopia around 1984. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

Anne O’Mahony looks back on four decades working amid war and famine

Charlie Byrne sorting books for delivery at his bookshop in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For writers, publishers and retailers, the pandemic is presenting unusual challenges

Helen O’Rahilly and her 90-year-old aunt Monica, which went viral and now tweets coming out as rapid pocket-sized book (called Stairlift Ascends) for Christmas. Photograph: Alan Betson

Helen O’Rahilly’s witty musings about her Aunt have gained a legion of followers

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