Karl Jenkins: one critic has described him as classical music’s “Marmite Man”

For several weeks recently, my Dublin neighbourhood was mystified (or at least I was mystified on its behalf) by a daily broadcast of the Muslim call (...)

The death of poet Anthony Cronin has occurred at a moment in Ireland’s cultural history when the arts have been given official recognition as a “vital(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Anthony Cronin: allowed his sense of the magic and mystery of words to rub against his refusal to deal in twilights or easy emotions.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Anthony Cronin was a brilliant thinker and critic and wonderful company. His analysis of the world around him was sharp and acute. His journalism was (...)

Bloomsday 1954: John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and  Tom Joyce, on Sandymount strand

In another age, the natural description for Anthony Cronin – who has died aged 88 – would have been “man of letters”. He was a literary polymath – a(...)

Anthony Cronin:  His obsessions had been, in Hamlet’s phrase, “the very form and pressure of the time”. Photograph: Frank Miller

The poet, novelist, biographer and critic, Anthony Cronin, who has died aged 88, was among the foremost cultural commentators in Ireland in the late 2(...)

Bowler: There was probably more to come in a remarkable life cut short at 64. Photograph: David Sleator

She blew into Dublin from London in her early 20s, with no capital, no security and little in the way of a formal education. Within a few years, Gilli(...)

Duncan Campbell in front of  his film  Sigmar: “If you went into a small village in the 1960s and started asking people questions about their sex lives you weren’t going to get much of an answer.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Thoughtful, reserved, and considered in his speech, Duncan Campbell, who won the Turner Prize in 2014, is the opposite of the kind of flamboyant artis(...)

 Ted Nugent performs  prior to the arrival of  Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their final campaign event of the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty

When Donald Trump was asked about his position on the arts during his campaign, his answer revealed a lot. He replied by referencing the decorative pl(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a go o(...)

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