What did I learn from the arts this year? That art in the name of protest and advocacy is not just powerful but beautiful, too. Artists expressed the(...)

The Macnas Parade, The Shadow Lighter, celebrating the magical, mystical act of transformation, as it passes over the Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Redoubtable Danú, mammy of the Tuatha de Danann, spread a little magic on her twilight stroll through Galway’s streets on Sunday evening for the annua(...)

Members of Macnas performance group in Temple Bar, Dublin, during ’the Summoning’, part of last year’s Bram Stoker Festival. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

From Bram Stoker to personal wellbeing to all that jazz, there’s a range of enticing events on nationwide this Halloween bank holiday weekend. The 15(...)

A witch from the Spirits of Meath Halloween festival. Photograph: Barry Cronin

With Halloween around the corner, it’s time to start making planning the weekend. Here is a quick selection of events that will entertain the whole fa(...)

The Macnas parade in Galway.

‘There are real live ghosts in there,” my five-year-old self screamed, running at full pelt from the basement of an historic Co Mayo house to the s(...)

Modern Halloween products on display in a shop. Photographs: Koen Van Weel/AFP/Getty

What has happened to Halloween? The ancient festival has gone from being a children’s party to a major event for Irish adults. Last year, we spent (...)

Macnas ghouls stalk the streets in Galway city centre during the Halloween parade ‘Symphony for the Restless’ this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Corpulent Crom, Galway’s new giant, released his rage on the city’s streets today as Macnas marked the festival of Samhain.Small firstlings shivered(...)

Vampires, zombies and all things gory joined shoppers on the streets of Dublin today. Hundreds of people were in costume to kick off the second annual(...)

Macnas performers Helen Gregg, Yvette Picque and Debbie Wright in Galway’s Quay Street in preparation for the Halloween parade Symphony for the Restless. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Wild and wicked “welding, hammering, gluing, shaping and dreaming” is gathering pace in the west, as Macnas prepares to terrify the townspeople of Gal(...)

Richard Ford will give a free reading at Trinity College Dublin next week to mark the publication of his new book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES

The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, hosts a reading by award-winning author and Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, Richard Ford, to (...)

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