Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan (centre) with performers at the launch of the    St. Patricks Festival’s ‘I Love my city’ programme this week. The Minister rejected claims that the festival was ‘soulless’.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan has rejected claims that the St Patrick’s Day festival is “soulless”. He has however acknowledged th(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Minister for Arts: Jimmy Deenihan would be more exercised by the turf cutters in Kilteevan than the funded arts sector. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Emblazoned across many of the capital’s buses are the words “The Abbey Theatre, living in the moment for 110 years”. It seems the Abbey is having anot(...)

It has been a challenging time for arts organisations and artists, both affected by the downturn. I have always been a strong advocate for the arts an(...)

Actor Gabriel Byrne has accused the Government of ‘paying lip-service to the arts’. File photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Actor Gabriel Byrne has accused the Government of “paying lip-service to the arts”, saying he didn’t think “they” really cared about them.. Speaking f(...)

Heading for a cultural desert

The artist Robert Ballagh recently declared that the Government was one of the worst for the arts in the history of the State. The evidence that is st(...)

Each person reaching the age of 100 receives a congratulatory letter from President Michael D Higgins and a cheque for the €2,540

More than 400 people are expected to celebrate their 100th birthday this year and receive the centenarian bounty of €2,540 from the President.The fig(...)

Electrifying presence: Fiona Shaw. Photograph: Gino Domenico/AP

Next Tuesday, for the first time, an Irish artist will deliver the keynote address at one of the world’s most important cultural trade fairs. The Asso(...)

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(...)

 Multicultural Irish dancing troupe from the Bronx, New York preparing to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin. Culture Ireland, the agency responsible for promoting Irish arts abroad has had its budget cut by 20 per cent to €2.5 million. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the National Concert Hall have taken significant cuts in this year’s budget as the Department of Arts, Heritage (...)

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