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Members of the Madrigallery Chamber Choir rehearsing ahead of the premiere of a commissioned choral works, Hospital Voices, in the chapel at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Thursday, December 6th.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Ireland’s longest running arts and health organisation, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) celebrates 25 years with the premiere of a commissione(...)

The original broadway cast of Come From Away.

Here we are, come from away, east of London in the middle of nowhere, really. This was once a cotton mill by the Lee canal, and is now a complex of bu(...)

Jamie Guiney: a talent for atmosphere and setting

The circle of life is the focus of Jamie Guiney’s debut collection The Wooden House, 18 short stories that show a promising writer who needs to delve (...)

Josepha Madigan: “I don’t think we embrace culture in the way they do in some other countries, particularly with younger children.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“Oh God, how did you find it, dare I ask?” asks Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan as I produce a book from my bag durin(...)

Minister  Josepha Madigan with author Sinead Moriarty at the announcement in the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph: Tony Maxwell/Maxwells

A new bursary scheme for women artists, named for the revolutionary and first female minister Constance Markievicz, has been announced. Minister for (...)

Austrian artist Nikolaus Gansterer, winner of ‘Ireland’s Turner Prize’, with Anne McReynolds, chief executive of MAC Belfast. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Press Eye

Austrian artist Nikolaus Gansterer has won the 2018 MAC International prize. The work of the 44-year-old Vienna-based artist was chosen from more tha(...)

Tributes: the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As news of the death of the pioneering composer and musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin spread today, tributes to his music and his influence flowed. Pre(...)

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(...)

The National Opera House in Wexford has received a €1 million capital grant for ‘updating and refurbishment’ works. File photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times.

As the curtain was about to rise on the Wexford Festival Opera on Friday, the Government announced a €1 million capital grant to refurbish a venue tha(...)

João Morais: a flair for humour is seen in the opening story and in sparse flashes elsewhere

What makes a good short-story collection? Without the length and scope of a novel to develop characters and plot, a story has to be precise in its aim(...)

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