A host of small, independent galleries are helping new Irish artists showcase their work and bringing culture to their communities
‘It’s really hard to explain why doing something slower has a value,’ says walking adventurer Erling Kagge, whose book Walking: One Step at a Time is a meditation on how we can express and become ourselves through this most humble of physical pastimes. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire falls in step
With its economy devastated by US sanctions on oil and its social structures starting to break down, Venezuela is bracing itself for possible American military invasion and potentially a full-scale civil war. A large chunk of its population has left the country, and Sarah Taaffe-Maguire spoke to a number of them who have ended up in Ireland
It’s a ‘proper, normal school’, but it’s not regulated by the state. The Institute of Education is celebrating its 50th year of providing young people with grinds, full-time secondary education and ‘personal development’ - and its students and alumni rave about it.
Tom Coleman is a leading health and wellness expert who has consulted on sleep and nutrition for leading companies nationally and internationally. He has also worked with elite teams and athletes on fatigue management. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire asks him the burning questions about getting a good night’s shut-eye
How would you prefer to die? And how would you like to be sent off into the hereafter? It’s some people’s jobs to make us think, talk about and plan for dying. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire meets five people for whom death is part of the day job, and asks if Ireland is becoming more comfortable with discussing the great inevitable
Serbian political activist and photographer Vukašin Nedeljković sought asylum in Ireland and found himself in direct provision. Photographs he took of reception centres he lived in at the time, or has visited since, have led to a book, a website and now a touring exhibition
From art, to history, to social history and architecture: now that the recession is over, Ireland is seeing a boom in the planning and opening of museums of all kinds. But they’re more than just repositories of old things, as Sarah Taaffe-Maguire discovers