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Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670-71 Oil on canvas, 72.2 x 59.7 cm National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

This week sees the reopening of the National Gallery of Ireland’s historic wings, and the accompanying exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Pa(...)

Russborough House: a  spokesman said the 200-acre estate near Blessington had “about 105,000 visitors” in 2016 – a new record. Photograph: Eric Luke

The threatened closure of Russborough House, the stately home in Co Wicklow, has been averted following the sale of old master paintings from its coll(...)

Sir Alfred and Lady Beit in Russborough House. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The saga surrounding the sale of Old Master paintings from the Beit collection has acquired a Groundhog Day quality. The Alfred Beit Foundation has an(...)

Detail of the cover of the catalogue, from 1904,  which is priced €1,500

An “extremely rare” catalogue of the original Alfred Beit art collection – as it was constituted in 1904 – has come to light at Healy Rare Books in Ga(...)

 Minister of State for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said on Tuesday “I just heard this morning that so-called white knights had emerged to acquire them on behalf of the State and that would be a very welcome and good development”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The emergence of “white knights” willing to buy paintings from Russborough House that were due to be auctioned at Christie’s in London has been wel(...)

The Alfred Beit Foundation is to consider postponing the sale of a number of paintings from Russborough House in Co Wicklow.

The controversial sale of artworks from Russborough House at Christie’s in London may not go ahead after private Irish donors offered to buy the pictu(...)

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The trust that runs Russborough House has said it approached the Government twice in 2013 seeking support and highlighting the need to sell some Beit (...)

A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

Art teacher Elena Hughes outside the National Gallery of Ireland during her peaceful protest relating to the sale of paintings from Russborough House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than €2 million in public funding has been invested in Russborough House, near Blessington, Co Wicklow, over the past decade or so, with all of t(...)

A stained glass window in Derry’s Guildhall depicting the coronation of King George V.

Few historic buildings in Ireland have such resonance as Derry’s Guildhall. Once the symbol of gerrymandered Unionist domination, it suffered serious (...)

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