Jim Lockhart. Photograph: Dave Keegan Photography

Current favourite book Stephen Hawking’s final book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions. He’s great to read; his stuff is so challenging, you have to(...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

Dreaming in Blue Until February 14th Harry Clarke’s dreamy The Eve of Saint Agnes is at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, but you can see his wonderful waterco(...)

Aideen McGinley, chairwoman of Galway 2020, said a new chair with different skill sets would be best placed to take the project forward. File photograph: Trevor McBride

The controversial Galway 2020 European capital of culture project is due to be hit with another resignation as its chairwoman Aideen McGinley has sign(...)

 Poet Mary O’Malley who, with colleague Rita Ann Higgins, is calling for artists to take charge of the programming. “I have had the sense for some time that even to question the arts bureaucracy is regarded as a failure of loyalty, and a lot of artists feel very isolated,” she says.

Galway’s European Capital of Culture project secured no sponsorship in the first half of this year and spent almost €130,000 on “professional”, legal (...)

Happy to be opening during the Galway races . . . Chef JP McMahon in the kitchen at his Aniar Restaurant in Lower Dominick Street, Galway, on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway restaurateur JP McMahon is opening his Michelin-starred establishment during race week after he received a backlash following its closure last (...)

Aidan Moffat: “I love the spoken, cryptic storytelling and the gently sung heartache.”

I remember lying in my bedroom with the curtains drawn on a sunny spring day and listening to Slint’s Spiderland and having my mind blown. I was almo(...)

Galway 2020: the city beat Dublin, Limerick and the Three Sisters cities of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford to become European Capital of Culture

When a group of artists in this year’s European Capital of Culture, the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, wanted to make a point about lack of community engag(...)

Irish-born Stanley Townsend will perform Incantata next month at the Galway Arts Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

“Incantata” means enchanted, spellbound, bewitched, in thrall to, beguiled by. It’s the title of a long poem by Paul Muldoon, which he wrote in memory(...)

Artist Seán McSweeney, who died on Saturday. File photograph: RTÉ

Many in the Irish art world and beyond were saddened to hear of the death at the age of 82 of artist Seán McSweeney on Saturday. An immensely popula(...)

Moonfish Theatre’s ‘Star of the Sea’ continues its own voyage, following its 2014 debut at the Galway Arts Festival

Star of the Sea Riverbank Arts Centre. Nov 18, 7.30pm. riverbank.ie; An Grianán, Letterkenny, Nov 21. angrianan.com; Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sl(...)

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