At the launch of the  Galway Arts Festival festival programme  are (from left):  Amy Conroy, Caoimhe Regan, artistic director Paul Fahy and Sonya Kelly. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Sculpture from Australia, new plays by Frank McGuinness and Amy Conroy, gigs by Kodaline and The Coronas, talks, trad and street theatre. The 2015 Gal(...)

Rachel Caine is an expert on wolves; she’s not so good with people. When she falls pregnant after a drunken New Year’s Eve party on the Idaho reservat(...)

Dmitri Shostakovich (left) with president Eamon de Valera and  the Provost of Trinity, AJ McConnell, at  Áras an Úachtaráin

‘A t least for four days nobody will be able to ring me up, and nobody will ask me anything about anything. That’s already a bonus.” So wrote the comp(...)

‘The themes are kind of grown-up: love and loss and death and grief and the compromises you make in your life.’ Above, Aislín McGuckin and Raymond Scannell in Famished Castle

‘It’s a comedy. But it’s a really sad comedy,” says Hilary Fannin of her new play, Famished Castle. “The first scene I wrote was about a woman goin(...)

Passengers boarding the Dartry Tram line in Westmoreland Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dermot Barry

The Luas is terrific, and it’s going to be absolutely brilliant (and also, frankly, a great relief) when the current building works in Dublin’s cit(...)

Reign of Spain: Plácido Domingo. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

He has sung more than 140 operatic roles and made a record with Carlos Santana. He has run two opera companies, worked as a conductor, created an inte(...)

John O’Conor: ‘At the final it has always been my great delight, when I announce the winner, to say that we have the money to do the next competition. This will be the first time I’m not able to say that.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

When John O’Conor first began to perform in the US in the 1980s, his agent introduced him to a Stateside concert presenter. “He said, ‘This is John(...)

Liza Klaussmann: while Tigers in Red Weather was about women trying to liberate themselves in the postwar era, her new book is more about masculinity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Picture this. A party in a clifftop villa on the French Riviera. The sun has set over the sea. The garden is lit by hurricane lamps painted – by th(...)

Dublin City University’s Fiontar programme has revolutionised the way in which students relate to the language

There seems to be a general perception that our national language is perpetually on its last legs. But the view from within the Irish-language depa(...)

Stage set: Gearóid Solan of Irish National Youth Ballet, dancing with Aoibh Ní Ríain Broin

It’s a long way from Waynestown to Covent Garden. On a sunny Sunday morning this quiet townland in Co Meath feels like more of an arable than an arabe(...)