Playwright Conor McPherson: “Consistency in plays is deadening. Contradiction and inconsistency is actually the stuff of real life.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

(...) mess, yes, but what a mess. Another random new play, another classical inspiration. Dick Walsh(...)

Deep in thought: Brian Friel in Dublin in 1980, at the Gate Theatre opening of his play Translations. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

(...) aware of trying to use the mechanisms of classical farce? Yes. It’s something like a Meccano set: you(...)

Northhouse by Grangegorman DIT

(...) classical-style building was restored by the Office of Public Works in 2003 and is now home to the(...)

The Last Hotel: ‘The high-impact nervous energy of Dennehy’s score is often topped by almost impossibly creamy-sounding soprano lines from Claudia Boyle and Katherine Manley’ 3:13

The Ros Tapestry, a community project that was developed by more than 150 volunteers, is a celebration of the history of New Ross, a latter-day Bay(...)

Detail from Stephen Shore’s photo of a Chevron gas station in LA

(...), marginalia and titles undercut the earnestness and occasional pomposity of their classical idiom. He also(...)

Helena Wood, far left, of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Tanya Massey; Ronan Timmins; and leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Mia Cooper at the launch of this year’s Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards

Ireland will battle it out for this year’s Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards on November 12th at the(...)

Dennis Russell Davies: ‘The immediacy of live performance, you can’t beat it’

(...) performed and recorded classical piano duets and duos with his wife, Maki Namekawa. But most of all he is(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping at the White House. “Xi got to see both sides of that time, which is one reason he’s such an interesting character.” Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

(...)-old who loved classical Chinese poetry. Two years later, adrift in a city torn apart by warring Red Guards(...)

(...) (Trumpet Voluntary for the bridal procession, Schubert’s Ave Maria and a classical version of U2’S With or(...)

A pair of large Chinese “Qing period” powder-blue vases, each 2.5ft high: they exceeded the estimate of up to €40,000

(...) ancient Roman “Warwick Vase”, €2,000 (€1,500-€2,500); Lot 153, a 19th-century painting, Neo-classical(...)