Colm Toibin

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Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke,  Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Arts Council director Orlaigh McBride along with Irish artists and arts organisations at the Arts Council during the Minister visit.

Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan reaffirmed a commitment to the “arm’s length” funding of arts, when she visited the Arts Council on Monday as it ann(...)

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

The first time I visited Anthony Palliser’s Paris home, back in 2007, I found the poets Derek Mahon and John Montague in the Anglo-Belgian painter’s s(...)

People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. File photograph: Themistocles Hakizimana/Reuters

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96 per cent. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first tr(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Tom Murphy: “I had the pleasure of presenting Tom with the Aosdána torc in his home in 2017, a great acknowledgment by his contemporaries of his outstanding abilities as a writer”

Many people, from those who worked with Tom Murphy or knew him well to those who had more fleeting contact, have paid tribute to his luminescent work (...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Borderlands: A disused border post near Newry. Photograph: Getty Images

In All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming, his wonderful study of traditions in County Fermanagh, on the northern side of the Irish borde(...)

Author Kit de Waal’s  new novel steps back in time to the IRA pub bombings in Birmingham in 1974.

Mixing personal and political plights in her 2016 debut My Name is Leon resulted in an international bestseller for Kit de Waal. Her self-professed “t(...)

Patrick J Tuohy’s portrait  of John Stanislaus Joyce

On that infamous piece of real-estate-agency furniture, the property ladder, the only direction you ever hear of anyone taking is up. Yes, mortgage de(...)

Farmers who had lands on both sides of the Border couldn’t cross over, they had to go the long way round. Photograph: Copyright Tony O’Shea

The first time Tony O’Shea photographed the people of the Irish borderlands was in the 1980s, in the company of the writer Colm Tóibín. But the memori(...)

Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown in this year’s ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas special. Photograph: Alan Peebles

The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special was the most-watched television programme in Ireland this Christmas. Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Mummy, in which(...)

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