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Writing must be one of the easiest, and hardest of projects. It doesn’t create mess, it’s more or less silent (a boon in a busy shared space), and all(...)

Social distancing on the Luas amid the Covid-19 crisis. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The 2020 world of Covid-19 is a world in which leadership matters more than ever. As someone suffering under the lockdown in Italy said to me a couple(...)

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You may have the best creative idea in the world, but it won’t come to anything if you don’t have the right place or proper equipment to produce it. F(...)

A view of performers in Expanding Fields by Jenny Roche

When the State’s cultural institutions were closed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on March 12th in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Thisispopbaby had (...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan last month announced a ‘new €1 million scheme’ for professional artists, which consisted of just €500,000 of ‘new’ money from the department and €500,000 of re-purposed Arts Council funding. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Easter weekend four years ago marked a high point in this State’s relationship with culture. The 1916 centenary commemorations unleashed a nationw(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Niamh Smyth: “While I do not expect us to be matching funding set by the German or English governments, the sums involved show they clearly value their arts community more than the outgoing Government here”

The Arts Council was clearly taken aback by the ferocious response to last week’s announcement of measures to support artists, arts workers and cultur(...)

 The town of Bantry in west Cork has suffered a blow to its tourism industry as two artistic festivals are to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Photograph: Education Images/Universal Images Group/ Getty Images

The town of Bantry in west Cork has suffered a blow to its tourism industry as two artistic festivals are to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pande(...)

Professor Paul Moore: “It’s about turning the dataset into narratives to drive cultural and economic change. Ironically, when you do it you do increase audiences and that puts the organisation on a more commercial footing.”

Arts organisations are under increasing pressure to prove they deliver value for money to the public purse. More often than not this leads to a lite(...)

Mayor of Co Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle has confirmed that novelists, Declan Burke and Denyse Woods, along with poet, Matthew Geden will provide the free online workshops every Wednesday from late April until late June. Photograph: iStock

Corkonians confined to home because of the Covid-19 pandemic can now give expression to their creative impulses after Cork County Council announced a (...)

A meeting on Inchydoney beach for Land Walks. Photograph: William Bock

Khanyo Dlamini points to reeds growing by the side of the road to Inchydoney beach in west Cork, and reflects on how they are used in her native South(...)

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