Douglas Hyde the poet, philologist, historian and a founder of the Gaelic League (1860 - 1949). Photograph: Getty Images

Last year’s 1916 centenary celebrations “made a profound statement about our identity, our culture and our values as a modern nation,” Minister of Sta(...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride: “We must find a different way to support older artists,” she says. “There are no plans to reduce Aosdána’s funding. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some of Ireland’s smaller arts organisations will be able to bid for three years of State funding from the Arts Council under major changes to its fun(...)

Colm Tóibín: “The phrase ‘working artists engaged in productive practice’ sounds . . . like a phrase that could have been used by Stalin about recalcitrant farmers in the Soviet Union.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The writer Colm Tóibín has condemned controversial proposals from the Arts Council to cut grants for non-productive artists and to introduce audits to(...)

The cast and crew of the next Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival production, Arlington,  opening on February 13th. The Abbey, like other Irish theatre companies, is concerned about the far-reaching effects  of Brexit on its bottom line.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Freezing rain whipped against the windows of the Hotel Kilmore in Cavan last Monday as Heather Humphreys welcomed an audience of politicians, local wo(...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride: Brexit will have a detrimental effect for the many Irish artists who relied on showing their work in the UK. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish performers at the Edinburgh Festival, along with international touring productions by companies such as Druid, could be among many cultural acti(...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The board of the Arts Council has received approval from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys to offer a new contract (...)

 President Higgins has presented 16 artists with bursaries to  mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sixteen young artists have been presented with bursaries by President Michael D Higgins as part of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme. The 16 X 16(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys announced the nine projects to receive Arts Council funding for the 1916 commemorations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conflict and resolution are key themes in many of the nine arts projects selected as part of a €1 million investment by the Arts Council to commemorat(...)

Bomb damage in Dublin following the Easter Rising. “We are hoping for work so innovative and special, that it will inspire the people of Ireland for the next 100 years,”  Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

A €1 million arts programme has been announced to commemorate next year’s centenary of the Easter Rising. The money has been described as one of the (...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

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