Sarah McSharry enjoys the ambiance on Culture Night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw 3:07

Cities and towns across Ireland came alive as more than 350,000 people gathers to celebrate Culture Night and peek behind closed doors. There were at(...)

‘It has been a particularly gruelling competition, with a higher proportion of players striving to make an impression through sheer volume than I remember from any previous year.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I experienced a real shock to the system last Thursday. The Ulster Orchestra was at the National Concert Hall for a first Dublin appearance at the (...)

Celine Byrne (centre) ‘is not what you would call a sympathetic Butterfly’

**   Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of those operas the public can’t seem to get enough of. The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has been o(...)

‘Left Behind’ is a set of songs marking the Rising through poems by Simon O’Connor (above), which imagine 1916 and its fallout through the experiences of the wives of the rebel leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

The landmark musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was a specially commissioned cantata. Brian Boydell’s A Terrible Beau(...)

Owen Gilhooly (Papageno) and Chloe Morgan (Papagena) in The Magic Flute

Since its inception in 2010, the Lismore Music Festival has performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle. A three-sided marquee has covered the audi(...)

Pupils from St. Molaga’s N.S., Balbriggan Co. Dublin, Caitlin Tiernan and Tomas Baxter  pull faces as part of their warm up at Feis Ceoil 2014. Photograph: PA 2:45

If you walk past the RDS today and listen carefully you will hear the faint sound of music; a staccato of scales and songs drifting over the ai(...)

Don't make assumptions about what you are capable of without trying first

I don’t know if Kerry star and fashion blogger Paul Galvin, football legend and coach Roy Keane and opera singer Celine Byrne have ever met. They have(...)

Fergus Finlay: said he had been moved to write a piece himself, haunted by the various children he has met over the years. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a departure from what one would normally associate with bedtime stories, Barnardos yesterday launched its upcoming “Under My Bed” initiative to rai(...)

 Alan Buribayev launches the NSO season with a free concert today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oftentimes the things that matter most are not the ones that are talked about the most. Think of practices in the medical profession that can c(...)

There were four things that stood out in advance of last week’s production of Bizet’s Carmen (...)