Most cultural boards are unpaid, and the best you can hope for are some half-decent biscuits. Photograph: iStock

As the cliche goes: if you like being on committees, you shouldn’t be on committees; but the first time I was asked to go on the board of a cultural i(...)

Arts Council of Ireland: Kevin Rafter succeeds Sheila Pratschke as chair of the agency

Kevin Rafter, head of the school of communications at Dublin City University, has been named the new chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland. Ministe(...)

Inishowen Carnival Group from Donegal at the St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was St Patrick’s Day parade. (Even longer and longer ago, there was St Patrick himself, of course – or rather,(...)

The London Irish Centre opened in Camden in 1955 to meet the needs of newly arrived Irish emigrants.

The London Irish Centre is to receive £1 million (€1.15m) from the Irish Government to redevelop its premises in the city. The centre, which opened i(...)

  Martin Hayes, Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan  and actress Denise Gough, opening the inaugural Culture Ireland Global Ireland 2025 Conference Photograph: Julien Behal

At the Global Ireland culture conference in Dublin Castle on Thursday, which looked at how to increase Ireland’s global footprint through culture, one(...)

A scene from Pan Pan Theatre’s production of  Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

As part of its “Global Ireland” programme, the Government last week announced its intention to promote Irish arts and culture to “new audiences across(...)

 Actor Ruth Negga after she was named one of Ireland’s cultural ambassadors. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

The Government must “nourish and care” for Irish artists if it wants to promote Ireland as a cultural and artistic leader on the world stage, actor Ru(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and band during their residency at the Irish Arts Center

In a Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a group are discussing their Irishness. DNA testing kits are big in the United States, prom(...)

Sarah Greene was awarded the Ros Hubbard Award for Acting in advance of this year’s Irish Film Festival London, for her role in ‘Rosie’. Photograph: Courtesy of Element Pictures

The Irish Film Festival London returns to London’s cinemas next week for the eighth year. The festival showcases Ireland’s latest mainstream and indep(...)

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(...)

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