In the many accounts of the history of the emergence of Ireland from isolation from the late 1950s onwards, the name of Brian Joseph O’Connor, who has(...)

Fr Tony Flannery launched  A Question of Conscience today. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A new book by Redemptorish priest Fr Tony Flannery, who was silenced and removed from public ministry by the Vatican last year, is not available in Ve(...)

’The closer you get to the Vatican system, with all its power struggles and careerism, the more disillusioned you can become.’ Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

People regularly ask me how I am? The answer to that is complex, andI do not usually burden or bore my questioner by going into details about it. It i(...)

Gavin Murphy is an artist and curator working as co-director of Pallas Projects & Studios, Dublin. He has exhibited work in Brussels, Berlin and M(...)

A detail from Cartoonist, City, Winter by Una Sealy

The Royal Hibernian Academy was founded in 1823 and it has experienced some tricky moments in its subsequent history. On occasion, its very survival h(...)

 Artist Neil Carroll and Ray McKenna, Managing Director, Towers Watson, Ireland pictured during the opening of the new Towers Watson offices at Trinity Point

Benefits consultants Towers Watson put on a bit of a show at their new green office overlooking Trinity College this week. The Dublin op(...)

Art or kitsch?: Jeff Koons’s Hanging Heart in magenta and gold. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Here’s a confession: I have a set of white coffee cups with gold rims and friezes of shamrock. I got them in Killarney, and I love them. But I (...)

Consumer Landscape by  Patrick O’Reilly

How often is it that you smell a work of art before you see it? Patrick O’Reilly’s Haystack (The Consideration of (...)

‘Sacred and Profane Love’ by Sean Keating (1937), reproduced with kind permission of a private owner and the Keating estate

Two incarnations typify popular images of Seán Keating. In one he is the quintessential painter of the Irish Free State, boldly mythologising t(...)

‘Y ou look like you’ve been down a coal mine,” is a frequent accusation round our house. And today we have. Our(...)

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