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# Arts

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# Big Tops
Animal rights groups welcome cut in funding for animal circuses
Which is €15,000 less than last year.
# Cork City
"We're fighting for it": Artists transform derelict building - now they're in danger of losing it
NAMA own the location, and it is now on the market.
# Tourism
It's been Ireland's City of Culture, now Limerick is bidding to be Europe's
They are not the only Irish city interested though…
# Irish Film
Will we be welcoming more celebrities to Ireland next year?
More films? More film stars?
Video: 'At the time, there were few plays that expressed what I was thinking'
Steve Berkoff is recognisable to many as Victor Maitland from Beverly Hills Cop, or Colonel Podovsky in Rambo – but there’s much more to this writer and actor.
# smugairle roin
Gaeltacht Minister shows Irish classes are paying off with 'as gaeilge' radio performance
Minister of State Joe McHugh showed that his intensive summer language courses had paid off in an interview on Raidio na Gaeltachta.
# arts funding
'Great sadness' as Waterford's Red Kettle Theatre Company closes
There will be several job losses as a result of the closure.
# ahoy matey
Heather Humphreys battles pirates to bring Culture Night news to the masses
The national event will take place on Friday 19 September.
# cúpla focail
New Gaeltacht minister: No, I haven't started Irish lessons yet
Heather Humphreys, the senior minister at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has admitted her command of the language isn’t the best.
# Glassblowing
NCAD's decision not to replace a furnace 'tells a bigger story about arts funding'
The college has not had capital investment in four years.
Column: Never waste the lessons of a good recession – capitalise on creative vision
Communities and economies thrive on creative thought and vision – our dancers, writers, thinkers, performers, artists create so much return on the small investments made in them.
# rare bird
Gardaí still carrying out "extensive investigations" over killing of white-tailed eagle
A post-mortem carried out on the male eagle confirmed it had been hit with around 50 shotgun pellets.
Column: Cinema's enduring fascination with mental disorders can be a force for good
Negative and inaccurate depictions of those living with mental health problems has led to misunderstanding and fear, but there is hope on the horizon.
Video column: The priest – a tribute Fr Peter McVerry
As part of a series of interviews with Dubliners, journalist Eoin Lynch and photographer Deirdre Brennan paint a picture of the characters of the capital.
# x rated
New Censorship Board being put together...solely to deal with Alan Shatter's 'Laura'
The board have not met since June 2008 and its future is being considered by the Government.
# Demolition
3,000 people sign petition to save Moore Street's Paris Bakery
A room on the premises that has been boarded up for years is being inspected today to see if there are elements relating to the 1916 Rising present.
# Frank Exchange
Exchange Dublin 'suspended' because of anti-social behaviour says Temple Bar Cultural Trust
An upsurge in anti-social behaviour, including a ‘serious assault’ led to the all-ages space being removed from their Temple Bar home, it has been said.
# Holy Show
‘Thou shalt not laugh’: Bible play banned in Northern Ireland
A play that was dubbed ‘blasphemous’ has been pulled from a council-run theatre.
Column: Irish art and culture is being failed by lazy, inept leadership
Our Arts minister is unable to represent his department with any real knowledge, and is therefore failing to exploit what could be a multi-billion euro industry, writes Eoin Lynch.
# limerick city of culture
These amazing rare photos of Limerick, Clare and Kerry are to go on display
A German-born professional photographer captured Limerick from 1910 until the 60s and his work is going on display.
# preserve us
Technology saving major works in National Gallery
Priceless art collection preserved for future through latest conservation methods.
# limerick city of culture
Former artistic director of Limerick National City of Culture backs new appointment
Karl Wallace has said that Mike Fitzpatrick’s appointment will ensure that “arts and culture are once more front and centre”.
# limerick city of culture
Deenihan: 'Limerick City of Culture should move forward in a calm and measured way'
The Minister for Arts said he met with board members and local art groups.
Column: Limerick City of Culture must not be allowed to fail
The City of Culture is a very important and valuable project for Limerick – and it can still be a success. But there are considerable issues and concerns to be addressed first, writes Sandra McLellan TD.
# First Fortnight
First Fortnight: "We can't just make people talk about mental health issues"
First Fortnight is an arts festival that wants to encourage us to think and talk about mental health. Here’s how.
# top pics
The Week in Photos: Breaking through
Pushing out, gathering speed, breaking out.
# ignite
This man is turning fog horns, sirens and a cherry picker into performance art
Jez Colborne is the winner of one of the Arts & Disability Ireland’s lucrative commissions.
# no princesses
A kettle, a hammer, an Ouch Pouch: the painful secrets of making a ballet shoe fit
Ballet Ireland’s Zoe Ashe Brown on ‘breaking in’ a pair of pointe slippers. We weren’t expecting that.
# pics
The Week in Photos: Autumnal
Russets, reds and rubies.
# Northern Ireland
£11 million contract for Belfast's Lyric Theatre was "rigged and manipulated"
The Public Accounts Committee in the North says that the rebuilding of the theatre was “significantly flawed”, with the most expensive tender being chosen.
# Week in Photos
The Week in Photos: Grey Matter
This is the week that was, in photos…
Column: Funding to the Arts can’t be stretched any further
The direct impact of the arts on the Irish economy is a good one. So surely an intelligent economic strategy would support this area, rather than starve it? writes Eoin Lynch.
Enda Kenny's poetic tribute to Seamus Heaney is quite moving
He (or his speechwriter) wrote an elegiac homily to the late Nobel laureate poet that evokes Heaney’s Mid-Term Break.
# Boards
Merger of National Library and National Museum boards will save €630,000
A statutory nine-person body is to replace the boards of the National Library and National Museum and Jimmy Deenihan says that it will be more efficient and streamlined.
# In pics
Kite-flying isn't all bad... as long as they are real kites
Feeling worn down by pre-Budget kite-flying? Take a break with fun from a Bristol fest this week.
# calling the hill
GAA fans asked to get in on the act(ing)
Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 wants volunteers to take the terrace, sorry – stage, for performance piece about fandom.
# Ulysses
17 tell-tale signs someone studied Arts at college
Greek and Roman Civilisations. So handy.
Column: Women on Screen – must we stay on the fringes of film?
Women have been pushed out of meaningful roles by Hollywood, which is focusing on mass-market appeal at the box office. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, writes Deirdre McMahon.
# Art
New art exhibition will be accessible to blind audiences
New technology will describe an art exhibition at the Kilkenny Arts Festival to visually impaired members of the public.
# Arts
Limerick offers new subsidised homes to artists
The project from the Limerick Arts Officel will see selected artists moving into six apartments in John’s Square in the city’s cultural quarter.