Inaccessibility aside, scholars have another concern: the physical state of older records of the Irish Land Commission

In his brilliant 2005 memoir Booking Passage, Irish-American poet Thomas Lynch included the sub-plot of an epic battle he had to fight on behalf of el(...)

When the Chicago World Fair opened in 1893, there was not one, but two rival model Irish villages.

People frequently forget that history isn’t composed of a grand sweep of happenings, ordained by institutions from on high. While these undoubtedly co(...)

The Butler Gallery has relocated to Evans’ Home on John’s Quay, Kilkenny. Photograph: Brian Cregan

venue which has been in city since second world war reopens on the eastern banks of river Nore with exhibition from photographer Amelia Stein A (...)

Chef Antoinette Ceelan in her kitchen at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan, Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Driving to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, near Newbliss, on one of the hottest days of summer, I have slightly lost my way among the hazy, luscious drumli(...)

Cherry Smyth: ‘I spotted a poster advertising an exhibition about Queen Victoria, and as I looked closer, I saw that someone had scrawled the words ‘IRISH FAMINE’ across her forehead.’

Cherry Smyth was hurrying through a London tube station in 2012 when she suddenly realised she needed to know more about the Famine. For the Antrim-bo(...)

Bernard Loughlin: boldly expressive in every way – in opinion, in heart, in his love for his family

The news came to me from a colleague via text message over the weekend. Bernard Loughlin, first director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerri(...)

Bernard Loughlin was the first director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

The founding director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for creative artists has died suddenly following an accident on Friday at his home in the Catalan P(...)

Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Nuala O’Connor (aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir) is a writer and poet who has published 14 books, most recently her fourth novel, Becoming Belle. Raised in Pal(...)

“For the past three years I’ve been working on a series called Uisce Anam [Soul Water].  Photograph: Barry Cronin

Scottish artist Janet Pierce first saw the place she now calls home 30 years ago. “I was invited to a party. It was actually the opening party for th(...)

Sculptor Helen O’Connell at work carving limestone.
Warrior women at work

They have spent years training to become a bronze sculptor, a stone carver, a dedicated goldsmith or a tapestry weaver with patience and incredible fo(...)

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