The Basiani Ensemble from Georgia singing in the rain outside Kilkenny Castle yesterday to mark the opening day of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Pat Moore

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Liz Nugent: ‘I seem to find screwed-up, sociopathic male characters intriguing.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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Man with the golden flute: James Galway’s gala night is at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Alan Betson

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In March 1972 eight people, seven of them young girls, died in a fire at Noyek’s, timber merchants.  Photograph: Dermot Barry

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