Tom Shortt

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Works by people in prison in Ireland, from the Open Minds exhibition at Rua Red, Tallaght 2019. Photograph: Eugene Lanagan

What is it like to visit a prison? Visitors to the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise check in to a bright building, where a children’s play area occupies (...)

Frank McGuinness: Excerpts from his play ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ will be performed in Cork Prison. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

“A kind of eerie sadness” is how theatre director Andrew Flynn recalls the last time he was involved putting on a production of Frank McGuinness’s “So(...)

Discord  over national interference at selection conventions and some untimely exits from political life have affected parties’ preparations for this summer’s local elections in the redrawn Limerick constituencies. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Discord over national interference at selection conventions and some untimely exits from political life have affected parties’ preparations for this s(...)

The life of Margaret Patricia (Patsy) Harrold, who has died aged 83, very much mirrored the writings of her fellow Limerick natives Frank McCourt and (...)

Mike Fitzpatrick’s appointment to a dual role as chief executive and artistic director of Limerick City of Culture appears to have soothed the wounds of the past few weeks and was widely welcomed in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

There was a palpable air of relief at the press conference to announce Mike Fitzpatrick’s appointment as interim head of Limerick City of Culture yest(...)

Pat Cox “must learn a very different language of consultation, trust, respect and inclusivity,” said Councillor Tom Shortt

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan has conceded that it would have better if the €6 million provided for the Limerick City of Culture had been announced(...)

Cultural disarray in Limerick

Limerick deserves better than the unseemly disarray and recrimination that now surrounds its designation as City of Culture. To lose an artistic direc(...)

Chairman of the board of Limerick City of Culture Pat Cox  at the public meeting in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick,  following the  resignation of its artistic director Karl Wallace. Photograph:  Brian Arthur/ Press 22.

Calls were made at a heated meeting in Limerick last night for the resignation of the board of Limerick City of Culture following claims of no confide(...)

It is understood Karl Wallace, the artistic director who resigned his post this week, referenced artistic licence being challenged at a meeting of one of the festival’s organising “pillar” groups yesterday where he explained why he was stepping down.

The chief executive of Limerick City of Culture asked that a song recorded for the festival be changed because it contained rap lyrics by teenagers th(...)