Patrick MacDowell: he devoted himself mainly to sculpting portrait busts and what art historians refer to as “ideal subjects”

Ireland has produced some notable sculptors, one of the finest of whom was Patrick MacDowell, who died 150 years ago on December 9th. Although he work(...)

If you were christened “Michael Angelo”, as was Michael Angelo Hayes, who was born 200 years ago on July 25th, the chances are probably reasonable to (...)

A piece by Gabriel Hayes at the entrance to the Church of the Ascension in Gurranabraher in Cork. Hayes was one of Ireland’s most prolific female sculptors of the 20th century.

Sculpture is a hot topic right now. It is an ideal time to look at the life and work of one of Ireland’s most prolific female sculptors of the 20th ce(...)

Double Portrait, 1985-86, by Lucien Freud. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh/IMMA

As Ireland’s museums and galleries reopen, here’s a look at what’s on the walls. Some galleries are operating timed entries and ticketing systems, so (...)

Ballynahinch

Restrictions are easing, it’s time to make a break for it. Whatever you’re in the mood for, here are some of the best holidays in Ireland this summe(...)

Interior of Michael Smurfit’s private residence, showing portraits by William Orpen

The private art collection owned by businessman Michael Smurfit is to be sold over the course of the coming year through various auctions by Sotheby’s(...)

The Percy French memorial artwork in Newcastle, Co Down, designed by Andrew Todd. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

The coronavirus epidemic is proving again the wisdom of Blaise Pascal’s famous lament: “All the troubles in the world stem from man’s inability to sit(...)

Three of the new stamps celebrating groundbreaking Irish women. Photograph: An Post

A magazine editor, a Hollywood actress, an aviator, an Olympian and an artist are set to appear on a new set of colourful stamps which have been issue(...)

Gaetano de Gennaro’s portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Italian artist made a home for himself in Ireland in the 1940s. Today his portrait of Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde, hangs in Áras an Uac(...)

The Government also plans to publish new patient safety legislation after Cabinet today. Photograph: iStock

An opportunity to identify 159 women’s cervical cancers was missed by CervicalCheck, an independent review of tests carried out by the screening progr(...)

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