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Andrew Lovern  and Brid McCarty in the Team Theatre Company production of  Mirad, a Boy from Bosnia. Photograph: Frank Miller
Chalk Talk

A blow for arts education Team Theatre Educational Company has exited stage left. The innovative company emerged from under the wing of the Abbey Thea(...)

Coal and black chalk portrait by Oskar Kokoschka of himself and his lover Alma Mahler. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

‘It appealed to something vaguely perverse in me, the idea of the living doll, like Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.” Composer Raymond Deane is expla(...)

Pat Boylan Chair of the Arts Council photographed in their office on Merrion Square. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

It was “vital,” no matter what the economic difficulties of the country, that emerging artists be supported financially by the State, the Taoiseach En(...)

“While you can’t blame Guinness for people being so stupid that they’ll get drunk in celebration of a genius marketing campaign, you can blame Guinness for facilitating it.” Tom Jones performs at the Brazen Head pub in Dublin as part of the 2009 Arthur’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the most interesting conversations about the arts this year didn’t take place on radio or at a summer-school panel or in a subcommittee hearing(...)

Fatboy Slim on the main stage during the Electric Picnic Festival at Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A ten-tier cake cut on stage, an over the top fireworks display, and a big name DJ - Fatboy Slim - to eat the first slice: Electric Picnic celebrated (...)

I ’m reading an article about how what you wear to drop the children off to school reveals “where you’re at” in life. Big sunglasses and big hair say (...)

 Late poet Seamus Heaney, above, has been described by  Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as a “very humble, modest man” who was “very accessible”.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney who died this morning. The pair have been friends for decades(...)

Make no mistake: a successful online fundraising campaign involves a lot of work

Whatever your discipline of choice – be it visual arts, music, theatre, literature, dance or film – getting a project up and running can always be a c(...)

‘The Magic Room' by Margaret Warde; dialysis patient Siobhán Connolly and her partner,Gerry Wallace,a transplant recipient, with one of Connolly’s exhibits; and Aidan Garvey’s fly-ties. Photographs: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A cake decorator’s paper sculptures on a limestone floor, primroses over crisp linen and china cups, and a ward bed transformed into a “magic room”: t(...)

‘There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” Cyril Connolly wrote in Enemies of Promise, an autobiographical account of his (...)

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