Brigitte Shelswell-White of Bantry House, Co Cork, outside the gate lodge. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

After many years at the helm of one of Ireland’s best-known grand houses, Brigitte Shelswell-White is enjoying the freedom she’s had since handing it (...)

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(...)

Pope Francis: a big attraction for many, but also easy to avoid this weekend. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

It’s estimated that 500,000 people will descend on the Phoenix Park for the papal Mass on Sunday, while countless others will head to Knock, Croke Par(...)

Fans of Mayo and Kerry get to travel to Croke Park at least once more as the teams replay their All Ireland semi final on Saturday.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is a busy sporting and cultural weekend with two Football All-Ireland semi-finals taking place in Croke Park and festivals ranging from Ukulele pla(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A quiet, slow day in Feakle. Few are about in the late-summer noontime lull in this part of east Co Clare. Martin Hayes is waiting patiently outside P(...)