Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

‘Grandma Moorhead’s Aromatic Kitchen’ (detail), by Leonora Carrington

There can’t have been many famous surrealist paintings set in Moate, a town probably more associated with another branch of the arts, country and west(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Michael Longley’s beautifully fragile evocation of life, death, nature and memory in The Stairwell.(...)

Interactive installation: Rhona Byrne’s Bolthole

When the Irish Museum of Modern Art closed its doors in November 2011 for essential work on its base, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the fact that the(...)

'Are you Really Syrious', 1953, oil on panel, 53.5 x 91.5 cm

The surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington died in Mexico in 2011. She was 94, and had led an eventful and productive life, from reluctant d(...)