Sean Rainbird, left, director of the National Gallery of Ireland with curators Maire Bourke and Brendan Rooney at the announcement of upcoming exhibitions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The refurbished National Gallery has surpassed attendance targets since it reopened earlier this year, its director, Sean Rainbird, said at the launch(...)

The new  Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph:  Marie Louise Halpenny

Late in this excellent documentary, one of the curators at the National Gallery of Ireland describes his process in simple terms. “By putting pictures(...)

A portrait of  Henry Shefflin was unveiled in the National Gallery of Ireland on Monday.  The painting by Tipperary born artist, Gerry Davis was commissioned as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016. Photograph: Maxwells

The National Portrait Collection was established in 1884, the same year the GAA was founded. The collection was founded to recognise “eminent Irishm(...)

Visitors last week at the annual Turner exhibition in the National Gallery, which runs for the month of  January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The National Gallery of Ireland will finally reopen to the public in mid-June after being largely closed for more than six years, gallery director Sea(...)

From the Orpen archive. Photograph:  National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland has acquired an archive of more than 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen – one of Ireland’s best-known arti(...)

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 is escorted by  Sean Rainbird, director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Italian ambassador, Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, to the reading. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was one of those events where you sensed a greater than usual interest in the announcement about the location of the emergency exits. A(...)

Benfactors: Sir Alfred and Lady Beit at Russborough House in 1978 with Adoration of the Shepherds, by Adriaen van Ostade, one of paintings destined for Christie’s. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

On Saturday, March 20th, 1976, this newspaper reported that Russborough House, the Co Wicklow home of Sir Alfred Beit and Lady Beit, was to open to th(...)

Portrait of a bearded man, in three-quarter profile – Rubens (1577-1640).  Photograph: The Irish Times

The National Gallery of Ireland has said it cannot be blamed for allowing valuable paintings from the Alfred Beit collection to leave the country. Th(...)

Art and politics: Sean Scully. Photograph courtsey of Sean Scully Studio, New York

Sean Scully is what some people might call a man’s man. This year the artist will celebrate his 70th birthday. He’s tall, lean and broad-shouldered, w(...)