New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

Steve Tormey, chief executive Toyota Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Early forecourt forecasts suggest 2015 will see the motor trade exceed 100,000 new car sales, a psychological benchmark for a business sector batte(...)

Poet Paddy Finnegan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paddy Finnegan, who has died suddenly in his adopted home city of Dublin aged 71, was exceptionally learned, and an acute observer of the world. Finne(...)

Gabriel Fitzmaurice: his ballads double as, or include, tales and jokes and self-reflective meditations

The Dublin poet Valentin Iremonger (1920-92) first published his poems in a provocatively titled 1944 anthology, On the Barricades. As The Poems of Va(...)

Dublin book event to celebrate capital city in verse and song 2:07

A month-long programme of events celebrating a collection of verse and songs associated with Dublin was officially announced by Lord Mayor of Dubli(...)

Place, whatever else it might be, is where we live our lives. We are born, reared, educated, fall in love, marry, have children, die and are la(...)

At Winter Tales, in  Dalkey: Frank McGuinness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

nChristmas is the busiest time of the year for booksellers – and readers – so it’s a bit surprising that book festivals, so abundant at other times, a(...)

Dardis Clarke and Elisa Marie Robinson at the opening of the Absolut Classics exhibition in the Rubicon Gallery, St Stephens Green, Dublin in 2001

Dardis Clarke, who has died aged 73, was a former chairman of Poetry Ireland, life member of the National Union of Journalists and champion of (...)