Dead Dog in a Suitcase is a musical, theatrical extravaganza of wit, wonder and weirdness. Photograph: Steve Tanner

All eyes are on the City of the Tribes, as the Galway International Arts Festival takes over the parks, rivers, bars and venues of the western capital(...)

An image from ‘Labourers’ Cottages of County Wexford’, at the Irish Architectural Archive

Sovereign Realms Margo Banks. Solomon Fine Art, Balfe St, Dublin Until August 3rd Margo Banks’s precisely observed, dynamic, mixed media depictions(...)

Artist Sam Jinks makes incredibly lifelike sculptures, tufted with real hair, pigmented in human-like skin tones and often dres(...)

“The third week in June is when we now go to the island; the longest days and shortest nights make for optimum work time.” Michael Doherty, Mick O'Dea, Ann Marie Mullan and Una Sealy making  portrait of island descendant Claire King at Inishlacken schoolhouse, 2018. Photograph: Nancy Keefe Rhodes

In February 2000, I stood on the Connemara shore at Ervallagh, looking over at Inishlacken island. The previous Christmas, my friend Mary Hughes had g(...)

Aideen McGinley, chairwoman of Galway 2020, said a new chair with different skill sets would be best placed to take the project forward. File photograph: Trevor McBride

The controversial Galway 2020 European capital of culture project is due to be hit with another resignation as its chairwoman Aideen McGinley has sign(...)

Páraic Breathnach’s remit includes hosting the annual Cúirt international literary festival, which is not in the 2020 bid book.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Galway Arts Centre director Páraic Breathnach has called for the resignation of the chair of the Galway 2020 European city of culture board and the im(...)

The new Butler Gallery:  architect’s drawing by McCullough Mulvin

In a peaceful part of Rothe House, an atmospheric Tudor townhouse in the heart of Kilkenny, eight young architects are imagining what a future Kilkenn(...)

Martin Green has been asked to advise the Galway European city of culture 2020 team. He was in charge of Hull’s British city of culture designation  last year.

Galway’s 2020 project team has hired in the former head of a British cultural capital on a consultancy basis, following the loss of its creative direc(...)

Women queuing up to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 general election. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Nollaig na mBan, or Women’s Christmas, which is celebrated on Saturday will have a particular significance this year given that 2018 marks 100 years s(...)

Sarcoidosis: my scan showed I had some scarring and what the consultant called nodules, near the base of both lungs. File photograph: Science Source/Getty

I had pneumonia in May 2005. It hit me in the lead-up to mine and Susan’s wedding. It wasn’t helped by the fact that, until a doctor told me to lie do(...)

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