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Colin Walsh won last year’s Francis McManus short story prize but says that if you look at the economics of writing, it doesn’t really bode well.

Franz Kafka lived in obscurity and died of the starvation caused by his tuberculosis. William Blake is buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Patrick K(...)

A group photograph to mark the final major public event after a full year of campaiging by Waking The Feminists  on The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

What a difference a couple of years can make. Some top players in Irish theatre are chatting in the Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in Dublin. Anne Clarke(...)

In 2017, the festival presented 32 productions, including 21 Irish and 11 international projects. Of the Irish productions 12 were world premieres, a fact that underlines “the festival’s strategic role in supporting Irish theatre artists to create, present and promote new work”, the directors said in their report.

The Dublin Theatre Festival moved back into the black last year as ticket sales recovered and its Arts Council funding increased by 5 per cent, its la(...)

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(...)

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke,  Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Arts Council director Orlaigh McBride along with Irish artists and arts organisations at the Arts Council during the Minister visit.

Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan reaffirmed a commitment to the “arm’s length” funding of arts, when she visited the Arts Council on Monday as it ann(...)

Bill Bully hates “all this palaver with the bill” – the totting, the rooting through coin purses, the tallying, down to the last cappuccino, each person’s exact share. Photograph: iStock

I may be the last person in post-recession Ireland to worry about such petty things, but I cannot abide the tyranny of the bill bully. You may never h(...)

A previous gathering of  the Aosdána general assembly, also  held at  the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Eight new members were elected on Monday.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Aosdána, an affiliation of creative artists funded by the Arts Council, elected eight new members at their general assembly on Monday. The group was (...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

Liam Ó Muirthile, photographed in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The death has been announced of the poet and writer Liam Ó Muirthile. Mr Ó Muirthile was born in Cork City in 1950. His first collection of poetry, (...)

Ruth Negga: the Oscar-nominated Irish actor  will play ‘Hamlet’ at the Gate theatre

Director of the Gate Theatre Selina Cartmell today drew a line under six turbulent months at the theatre, to look forward towards a number of producti(...)

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