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(...)

‘I’m very aware of all sorts of angles on this relating to Brexit, to Ireland, and to the Border,’ says composer Neil Martin

The mythical 7th-century tale of a wandering bird man, suffering from what might now be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder, is the source of (...)

A photograph from the exhibition The Light Gleams an Instant

Lightly built, with a relaxed manner and a watchful, gentle demeanour, Danish photographer Krass Clement was in Ireland recently for the opening of an(...)

 Playwright Dylan Coburn Gray with Pat Donlon

For those with a script idea in the attic, or on the hard drive, now is the time to dust it off and flesh it out quickly. Wednesday November 8th is th(...)

Finn Ní Fhaoláin: describes herself as “a small, bubbly blonde with the energy levels of a Labrador”, but it wasn’t always thus. Photograph: Leo Byrne

Ireland’s latest cookbook author, Finn Ní Fhaoláin, has a degree in earth and ocean science and a master’s in marine biology. When she is not cooking (...)

War poet: Francis Ledwidge was killed by a German shell, along with five other men from the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

A national day of commemoration will be held to mark the centenary of the death of the poet Francis Ledwidge, who was killed in the first World War. (...)

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