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St Patrick’s Day: spectators at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The forecast may not be great for this year’s St Patrick’s Day, but there are lots of events and other attractions, many indoors, to keep you entertai(...)

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

The final bank-holiday weekend before we give up the ghost for the year has, happily, plenty of ghostcentric events – and a whole lot more besides, ri(...)

Páraic Breathnach’s remit includes hosting the annual Cúirt international literary festival, which is not in the 2020 bid book.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Galway Arts Centre director Páraic Breathnach has called for the resignation of the chair of the Galway 2020 European city of culture board and the im(...)

Hold on to your heads for Halloween, celebrating the 3,000-year-old Celtic festival of Samhain

Spirits of Meath As befits the birth place of Halloween, the roots of which lie in the 3,000-year-old Celtic festival of Samhain, no county takes the(...)

The Spraoi float coach at the Cork St Patrick’s festival parade in 2016. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Henry Ford may well have declared that “history is bunk” but 100 years of Ford in Ireland is about to be recalled and celebrated when the car manufact(...)

Bruce Springsteen’s Croke Park concert: short of impounding Enda Kenny’s air guitar and holding it to ransom, it seems impossible to force the Taoiseach to grasp the value of the arts

Short of impounding his air guitar and holding it to ransom, it seems impossible to force Enda Kenny to grasp the value of the arts. It does not seem (...)

US president Barack Obama  at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival: “I don’t recall the phrase being, ‘Yes I Can’. It’s ‘Yes We Can’.”  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

When the rain started pouring on the first day of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival, it was clear most of the Irish entourage(...)

Director of SXSW Interactive Hugh Forrest: “The tight connection with the community is one of the things that helps keep the event relevant, fresh and cutting-edge”

South by Southwest (SXSW) did not put Austin, Texas on the map, but in a city that has attracted every beatnik, bohemian, artist and musician in 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(...)

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 (...)

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