Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival Much Ado About Nothing Maeve Fitzgerald, Margaret McAuliffe, Clare Barrett, Ventia Bowe_Pic John D Kelly

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING The Quad at St Kiernan’s College, Kilkenny ★★★★☆ A lot goes on in Much Ado about Nothing. In the mingled memories of Shakespe(...)

Children from St Mary’s National School, Stepaside and Stepaside Educate Together who played a part in the design process to create a new play space at Fernhill Park and Gardens. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ask a child about their perfect playground and their answers may surprise you. Swings and roundabouts and slides are not as important as freedom: to e(...)

Writer Martina Devlin, facilitator Ciaran Carty and author Xiaolu Guo judging the 44th Hennessy literary awards. Photograph: Alan Betson
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The new year heralds a new home for New Irish Writing, the renowned literary page that has discovered many of Ireland’s leading writers. Launched b(...)