Amy Ní Fhearraigh, Raphaela Mangan and Sarah Power, rehearsing before the launch of Irish National Opera’s new season. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new Irish opera about Rosemary Kennedy, sister of US president John F Kennedy is one of two world premieres to feature in Irish National Opera’s (IN(...)

Most cultural boards are unpaid, and the best you can hope for are some half-decent biscuits. Photograph: iStock

As the cliche goes: if you like being on committees, you shouldn’t be on committees; but the first time I was asked to go on the board of a cultural i(...)

Arts Council of Ireland: Kevin Rafter succeeds Sheila Pratschke as chair of the agency

Kevin Rafter, head of the school of communications at Dublin City University, has been named the new chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland. Ministe(...)

Abbey Theatre: the letter of protest now has the support of 425 theatre workers. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The first substantial meeting between Abbey Theatre management and theatre professionals is set to take place this afternoon, following January’s unpr(...)

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said the doubling of the programme is a ‘significant step’ towards the arts being a ‘lived experience for every child and young person in the country’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An initiative that sees artists work with children and young people will be rolled out to a further 150 schools across the country this year(...)

Abbey directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a hell of a January for theatre people, with widespread recognition of low pay and often lousy conditions, as well as the lancing of the boil t(...)

Neil Murray, director of the Abbey Theatre: ‘Many of the people who signed that letter are friends. I see all of them as colleagues.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Abbey Theatre regrets “some within our artistic community” feel its change in production model “has contributed to their hardship”, an Oireachtas (...)

After a major redevelopment and expansion, the Goethe-Institut Irland’s Georgian Headquarters at 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 has  reopened

The movie poster on Dublin’s Merrion Square carries a tantalising tagline. “Option 1: Diplomacy; Option 2: Military; Meet Option 3.” In Hollywood’s (...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

Schoolchildren from Central Model Senior School, Marlborough St, Dublin, at the launch of the “creative schools” programme. From left: Tia Fitzgerald, Hongbo Chen, Tamzin Kelly and Katie Ellen McEvoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Artists will work with schools to help place creativity at the heart of young people’s learning under a new initiative. Up to 150 schools across the (...)

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