“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

 Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

A view of the Sabine Mac Mahon exhibition So Through the Singing Land He Passed

So Through the Singing Land He Passed – Sabine Mac Mahon The Lab, Dublin ★★★★★ If you find yourself suffering from 1916 fatigue, Sabine Mac Mahon’(...)

Sibéal Davitt. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

Commemorative art is usually fixed and inert: solid monuments providing a frozen history lesson for future generations. A performance has a shorter(...)

The Gundestrup cauldron displayed in the “Celts: art and identity” exhibition at the British Museum in London. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The Celtic nations of these islands have seldom been more assertive in recent centuries than they are today, as Scotland toys with independence, Wales(...)

Oliver Sheppard’s “The Death of Cúchulainn” in Dublin’s GPO: Prof Tom Dunne will talk about the  work on May 4th, 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society (CorkDFAS) has announced more details of its programme of lectures for autumn/winter 2015/2016. On Novembe(...)