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The Abbey Theatre circa 1930. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Last Saturday, this newspaper published one of the more extraordinary articles about the Abbey Theatre, or indeed any theatre, that I have ever read. (...)

Heading for a cultural desert

The artist Robert Ballagh recently declared that the Government was one of the worst for the arts in the history of the State. The evidence that is st(...)

Maureen Kennelly, the director of Poetry Ireland: ‘I think the Irish public might be misled into thinking that some poets are earning vast amounts of money.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Poetry Ireland offices on Kildare Street are opposite the Dáil; conveniently located for any politician who may wish to drop in. So far, none have(...)

Pat Moylan, outgoing chair of the Arts Council, in the council’s offices on Dublin’s Merrion Square. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Moylan is in the unusual position of sitting at nearly all the seats at the artistic table. On the one hand, she is an expert on what theatre audi(...)

Valerie Bistany at the Irish Writers’ Centre: ‘The board’s vision is that we are for writers.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Writers’ Centre on Dublin’s Parnell Square, which opened in 1991, has had a troubled recent past. In 2008, it received €200,000 in annual fu(...)

Cultural disarray in Limerick

Limerick deserves better than the unseemly disarray and recrimination that now surrounds its designation as City of Culture. To lose an artistic direc(...)

Wwriter Colm Toibin with James Ryan, director of the creative writing programme at UCD and Pat Moylan, chairman of the Arts Council at the Arts Council offices in Dublin today where a new award to honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer was announced. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

The Arts Council has established a new award to honour an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The Laureate for Irish Fiction is su(...)

David Gray (second from left) performs at this year’s Other Voices in Dingle, Co Kerry. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

‘Will you come down? There’s this class band playing and they’re really good.” A teenage girl outside the brewery in Dingle in west Kerry, which for t(...)

Rough Magic performers Cormac Lawlor and Sarah Shine at the announcement of the Sky Arts award of €230,000. Photograph: Alan Betson

An old truck, coughing and spluttering its way across America, finally breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Its three occupants – a widow called Leoc(...)

Ruairí Quinn: said the idea the arts were a luxury in the curriculum no longer held because they introduced children to a “new way of thinking”

Having a proper grounding in the arts will be essential for schoolchildren in the future workplace, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said. Mr Q(...)

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