Ham Sandwich by Geraldine O’Neill,  Courtesy Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Feast and famine: food grows, gives life, rots – no wonder artists see its power to reveal life’s truths

Gerry McGovern,  bar manager, The Claddagh Bar, Marbella. Photograph:  Solarpix.com

Thousands of Irish people live on the Costa del Sol – and they're ‘more Irish than anyone at home’

A matter of taste: prawn-head smoothies in a Domestic Godless installation

Food is central to our lives, so how do artists engage with its symbolism and meaning?

Shark tank: Damien Hirst with his piece Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living in 2013.  Photograph: Natalie Naccache/New York Times

Sarah Thornton has been asking artists about myths, muses and their ‘less normal’ lives

Enjoying Savour Kilkenny were Stella McGowan (7) and Aibhe Courtney (10) from Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

From bashing gold to slipping and scoring, you can pack a lot into 48 hours in the craft capital of Ireland

St Brendan’s Community School: from an era when Modernist structures popped up unexpectedly

St Brendan’s school in Birr has won a Getty Foundation preservation-study grant

Susannah Billar in Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom. Photograph: Cory Weaver

Backstage stories add even more colour to preparations for three new productions

Brendan Coyle plays an embittered theatre critic who falls in with a group of vampires in a new production of Conor McPherson's 1997 play. ‘I’ve been lucky, I’ve never been eviscerated.’

Brendan Coyle is best known as Downton’s valet Mr Bates, but he’s in darker territory at the Dublin Theatre Festival in Conor McPh(...)

A fine period home suited to contemporary living with income potential too. It served as a bolthole for movie star Gretchen Moll w(...)

This extended five bed with a playhouse, trampoline and six-hole putting green is made for family living

Best of Europe:  glass bowl by Róisín de Buitléar

In the ‘Homo Faber’ show’s Best of Europe section, Ireland is better represented, given its size, than any other country

Catch some autumn sun in Malta

Escape the onset of darker autumn nights with a city break or holiday abroad - with plenty of post-summer discounts

Number 97 Anglesea Road, Dublin 4. This 240sq m (2,600sq ft) period home is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald for €1.8 million

This end-of-terrace Victorian in Dublin 4 is a heavenly family home, say its owners

Ballyvolane, Co Cork Ballyvolane has added a tantalising Bed’n’Bertha package, named for their own very special Bertha’s Revenge Milk Gin

Kids are back in school. Travel prices are plummeting. Check out this selection of seasonal bargains

Portugal: the Algarve has dramatic cliffs and golden sandy beaches. Photograph: Getty

Shoulder-season specials to get you dreaming of long haul, European and domestic travel

Bentiu Refugee Camp, South Sudan, by Brian Maguire

The Irish artist travelled to South Sudan to bear witness to the resilience of its refugees

Artist Elaine Byrne researched the wall-building phenomenon for her forthcoming exhibition, Borderline.

It’s not just Donald Trump who likes building walls. Irish artist Elaine Byrne has been exploring the worldwide phenomenon

Most riotous gig: the Dublin hip-hop duo Versatile on stage on Friday. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Most riotous gig, most welcome encore, worst performance, best chat, tastiest food

Ways of the Festival: Emer Moloney, from Thurles, and Tara Byrne, from Cork, at Electric Picnic on Sunday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

55,000 souls in a sealed world of sequins, snatched sleep and beer for breakfast

Massive Attack on the main stage on Saturday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Also on Saturday: Dua Lipa, Mavis Staples, Wolf Alice, Sigrid and Whenyoung, reviewed

Unexpected discoveries: Patsy Preston’s horse hangs in the trees. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Horses in trees, a napping ogre, bubbles of colour and the wonderful Holomorph

Whenyoung: Aoife Power works her guitar, and her vocal range, with relish. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Limerick trio’s sound still pays homage to The Cranberries. But that can change

Mavis Staples: the singer is heading for 80, but you wouldn’t know it. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Chicago blues legend’s deep, mellow voice drips with life and experience

Pop-up wedding: Trevor Luby and Shannon Murphy get “married” by Hannah Maxwell in the inflatable church at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

50,000 people have arrived at the festival. Pace yourselves, everyone: Jomo, not Fomo

Contemporary three-bedroom detached house has views across Lough Cullin

Gabhann Dunne: ‘Crossing the Salt’ explores migration. Photograph: Studioworks

‘I wanted Crossing the Salt to be about the things that come into this island’

Barahane, Raheen, Union Hall, West Cork. Farmhouse, guest house and ruined castle, with its own private water frontage is for sale with Charles McCarthy for €1.45 million

Former farmhouse plus guest cottage on 3.8 acres near Union Hall that includes ruins of Raheen Castle

La Furla dels Baus who will be at the 2018 Electric Picnic

This year’s festival will include the work of more than 70 artists and art groups

Maxine Peake will take part in the Lughnasa FrielFest in August. Photograph:   John Phillips/Getty Images

Taking on Homer’s Odyssey in its first translation by a woman is all about facing up to uncomfortable truths, says actor Maxine Pe(...)

The new Butler Gallery:  architect’s drawing by McCullough Mulvin

At Kilkenny Arts Festival young architects imagine what the city might look like in the future

Cillian Murphy in ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’

Jamie Vartan’s set designs transport audiences – and that’s before the crows move in

Carrigacunna Castle: this 705sq m manor house and 16th-century tower house in Co Cork is asking €1.85 million.

Designer and artist’s riverside dream country home has contemporary twist

David Mach working on his installation Rock’n’Roll. Photograph: Andrew Downes

The Scot rails against aspects of modern life as he brings his big, pugilistic art to Galway

McDowell Mountain Preserve, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Cowboys and cacti, deserts and creeks, horses and hiking – your holiday is sorted

McDonald Boats: the Co Donegal boatbuilder Philip McDonald. Photograph: Donal Glackin

The McDonald brothers are the last of a line of boatbuilders – and subjects of a new play

Ursula Burke picks up on the updating theme with Balaclava Bust (2014)

A new exhibition at Castletown House proves the portrait bust is very much back in vogue

As Dublin Pride kicks off, an exhibition looks at those still hiding in plain sight

Rashid Johnson, Steel Plant Sculpture at Lismore Castle Arts
The skin we’re in

Two exhibitions in Lismore are a timely look at race, culture and conniving corporations

Finding Power: Joe Caslin’s mural is a testament to a post-abortion-referendum idea of what power might mean. Photograph: Gavin Leane/National Gallery of Ireland

The Irish street artist’s best-known work has always engaged with social issues

Stephen Kenny, Homeless Not Voiceless, at IADT

It's degree show time, so dive into the art of the future at colleges around Ireland

Brian O’Doherty One Here Now at Sirius Cobh

The Art of Being Here: Brian O’Doherty’s restored murals at Sirius in Cobh are a revelation

Stephen Brandes, Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy aka The Domestic Godless challenge your tastebuds at the Solstice

Also: Brendan Early, The Fragmented Mind, Imma Collection and ‘Breadwinner’ drawings

Market House, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Magnaparte

A team of Irish architects in Venice want to make Irish rural towns great again

Stephanie Deady, Concealed Pink I (2018, Oil on board, 22.5 x 17cm). Image courtesy of the artist

With 600 pieces to fit in, famous names jostle for space with newcomers, but there’s no one at this party you wouldn’t be happy to(...)

One of Anthony Haughey’s photograph from Mosney.

From land of the thousand welcomes to direct provision, an exhibition explores the idea through art

A seascape from the Giles Norman  West Cork 2017 collection

The Cork town is so picturesque it seems to be screaming out to be photographed

Seascape, Ardbrack, Kinsale, Co Cork

Seascape, a fine five-bed property built in 2008, sits on a landscaped third of an acre

There are ambitious plans to develop the area as a literary hub, with a major new Central Library, designed by Grafton Architects

New Poetry Ireland HQ will add Seamus Heaney library to artistic environment

Louise Allen is spreading the word about what’s happening in craft here in Ireland.

Worldwide opportunities are opening up for Irish craftspeople

Coorannel House, Glengarriff, Co Cork. This 287sq m house, built on the edge of a nature reserve, is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill for €695,000

Coorannel House is perfectly located on the edge of Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve

Patrick Pye at the RHA annual exhibition in 2007. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Patrick Pye, religious painter and stained-glass artist, died on Thursday

From acknowledged reality to hidden taboo, the representation of sexuality in art and culture has a long and difficult history

“Tale of the Tongs”, from Spirit of Place, in Inisturk.   Photograph: spiritofplace-design.com

An American architect from the Catholic University of America is building art around the county

Gstaad Palace Hotel. Photograph: LOOK-foto

The Disney-esque castle has attracted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana

The 1938 painting ‘Therese Dreaming’ by French-Polish artist Balthus in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. More than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding the museum remove or contextualise the work. Photograph: Thomas Urbain/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Met is being criticised over a ‘sexually suggestive’ painting of a girl

Beckett’s legacy endures, and reaches far beyond the written word

Couleen, a bright 185sq m (1,991 sq ft) three to four-bed detached cottage on Lower Glenageary Road for €995,000

This detached former two bed has been supersized with serious style

Boom time: The aftermath of nuclear war has always been fertile ground for post-apocalyptic films, novels and TV series. Photograph: RomoloTavani/Getty Images

When nuclear war loomed in the 1960s, Cork was deemed the safest place to be

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

The lost theatres of Dublin revealed

'Breaking Rainbows' by Orla Barry.

Orla Barry is both, and her latest exhibition draws pleasingly from both worlds

 Top of the market: Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Photograph  Cate Gillon/Getty Images

The art market is a piranha pool. Here’s how to safely dip your toes in the water

Detached house, Bishops Street Tuam

Front garden of 1912 house was the talk of the Galway city

103 Ramleh Park, Milltown, Dublin 6.

Four-bed in Ramleh Park is solid and spacious

Curators of Ireland’s national pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition at  Venice Biennale, 2018: Tara Kennedy, Jo Anne Butler, Laurence Lord, Miriam Delaney, Jeffrey Bolhuis, Orla Murphy

Collective of Irish architects will explore how common spaces in market towns in Ireland can be restored and reinvigorated

The a/political’s provocative art is setting up shop in Dublin for a year

Restaurant at the Owl and The Pussycat Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka

Happy accidents leading to good conclusions an apt way to describe 'this beautiful country'

Westfield House, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Dublin 18. This 6 bed house is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald for €1.25million

Spacious six-bedroom Westfield House on half-acre site in walk-in condition

Victorian two-bed at water’s edge lovingly restored with impressive results

The stories behind religion: Julia Poirier, book conservator with the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle looking  a mid-16th century Koran. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

From ancient pagan carvings to Michelangelo’s masterpieces, the stories that art has left as a legacy can bring greater understand(...)

Shipping Container House: Gordon and Maggie Kelley with their children Gordie (7) and Penny Bell (eight months), at their house built from shipping containers at Ringsend , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 80 buildings are on view, but here are our top 10 must-see destinations

Computer generated image of Shackleton Park, Lucan

More than 40 homes in the Cairn Shackleton scheme to be released

Elizabeth Magill with her work. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Elizabeth Magill makes works of tremendous beauty, but she’s not averse to a little rough treatment to get to the heart of the wor(...)

Aideen Barry’s ‘Press Image’

The best of photography, painting, and installations from around the galleries

Breda Mayock preparing a banner for the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eight Ammendment. Photo: Alison Laredo

Artists have a rich history of activism, using their talents to take their messages out of the gallery and into the street

51 Sandford Terrace, Ranelagh, for sale with Hunters for €2.95 million

Sandford Terrace, where Mary Robinson lived, is hidden away but close to the city

A still from Elaine Byrne’s ‘Cold Rush’, 2017. Courtesy of the artist

In the future, will humans bio-engineer their bodies to suit our changing environment and fashions? The Lab’s new show has some su(...)

Bassam al Sabah, TP Tendril, at Eight Gallery

Works by Vera Klute, Janet Mullarney, Bassam Al-Sabah and Nigel Rolfe are on show

Kitchen at Coney Island, The Cove, Baltimore,  for sale with Charles McCarthy Estate Agents for €750,000

West Cork retreat a holiday home that can also serve superbly as a year-round house

Tanglewood, Military Road, Killiney, is an architect-designed redbrick with six bedrooms for €2.25 million

Craftsmanship evident throughout in this 331sq m redbrick on Military Road


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An end-of-terrace property with three bedrooms, 88 Iveagh Gardens in Dublin 12 extends to 107sq m (1,152sq ft).

Iveagh Gardens house boasts 107sq m of space and large back garden

Paul Henry, Dawn, Killary Harbour, 1921, Courtesy Ulster Museum

Visionaries or mythologisers? These two titans of Jack B Yeats and Paul Henry describe the conflict at the heart of Ireland

Miss Saigon: the musical dramatises the fall of what is now Ho Chi Minh City during the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War isn’t obvious musical material, but Schönberg and Boublil’s classic show, which is on its way to Ireland, pulls it(...)

Sonia Shiel, Still Life With Plans, at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

There’s some seriously strong painting on show, along with a few very surreal ideas

That’s right, it’s a propeller for added speed by JP Donleavy (2017)

Painting was his first love, and the author allegedly wrote The Ginger Man in a pique after his work received a lukewarm reception

2 Cowper Gardens, Dublin 6.

Ita Quilligan painted, gave art classes and raised 11 children in the six-bed home

46 Villiers Road, Rathgar.

Renovated and extended by its owners during their 10-year stay

Wardenstown House, Co Westmeath. This 497sq m (5,346sq ft) house on 86 acres is for sale with Savill’s and Egan Auctioneers for €2.2 million

Georgian estate, with bar, gym, sunroom, stables and cottage, dates back to 1400s

Kari Cahill and Hazel McCague are behind Tombolo, a month-long residency for eight artists on Brow Head. Photograph: Ashley Beer

Unlike the monumentalism of some land art, a show on the Mizen peninsula scales things down so people can look more closely at the(...)

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Freedom of Movement, film still, at the MART Gallery

Visual Art: In 1960, Bikila won Olympic gold, while running barefoot through a Fascist showcase in Rome. Mart's latest show recall(...)

The kitchen with a view through to the lounge at 92 Merrion Road

Six-bedroom house in Dublin 4 has been comprehensively refurbished since 2016

Monkstown home of former Irish Times editor Conor Brady, where he now writes his crime series

Perishable Picnic by Deirdre O’Mahony. Photograph: Brian Cregan

From fruity picnics to provocative pigeons. Art goes over to the wild side this week

Artist Brian O’Doherty: ‘Now that I’ve got less permanent, I would like to do some permanent installations.’ Photograph: George Tatge

The artist, doctor and Booker-shortlisted author is as busy as ever in his 90th year, with projects in Ireland, Italy and his adop(...)

Caroline McCarthy, ‘Mansize’ at Butler Gallery

Weekly art review: Chain reactions in Kilkenny and some tantalising ‘alternative facts’ in Cork

Exterior at 19 Vavasour Square, on the market for €1.25 million with Sherry FitzGerald

Four- to five-bed on Vavasour Square is a heavenly hideaway

 Who owns the right to outrage? Folk opera Counting Sheep is set during the 2014 Maidan revolution.   Photograph: Jeremy Mimnagh

Culture shock: Authenticity or personal experience gives you a particular perspective on an issue – but not absolute dibs

Detail still from Promisings 2013 by Elaine Reynolds at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

If you think contemporary art is no laughing matter, a trip to Project might change your mind

Eilís O’Connell’s, ‘Capsule for Destinies Unknown’, 2017. Photograph: Steve Russell Studios, courtesy Gallery Pangolin

The work of Iriish artist Eilís O’Connell features in a major exhibition in England alongside artists Damien Hirst, Lynn Chadwick,(...)

Ciarán Murphy’s L-2 (2013) at the Hennessy Art Fund for Imma

Imma’s Hennessy Art Fund collection is missing something else besides context

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