Tim Keefe, Head of Digital, Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle with photographer John Riordan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Visitors admiring the extraordinary Islamic and Far Eastern artefacts on display at the Chester Beatty might be surprised to learn that, at any given (...)

Northern light: Parnell Square, between the Hugh Lane gallery and the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

These are bleak times for cultural policy in Ireland, so last week’s announcement by Dublin City Council of plans for a new cultural quarter in(...)