Matt Packer, the new director of EVA International. Photograph: Deirdre Power

The curator and writer Matt Packer has been appointed as successor to Woodrow Kernohan as director of EVA International, Ireland’s biennial exhibition(...)

Self-contained: Maggie and Gordon and Kelley with their children Gordie (7) and Penny Bell (8 months) at their house built from shipping containers in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The State’s first certified container house is a unique home that appears both alien and entirely of its place. At first glance, it might look to be (...)

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(...)

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