A forthcoming land levy is targeted at plots of land that remain undeveloped or derelict and will be based on a register of vacant sites. File photograph: Getty Images

Landowners have been warned that a forthcoming levy will affect a high proportion of vacant sites, although the fee will not be payable until 2019. (...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

The Whistleblast Quartet is made up of Mary Curran, Síle Daly, Conor Linehan and Ken Edge.
Who wants to play music at work?
  • Music
  • February 8, 2016, 06:00

Part of the pleasure of music is that no formal knowledge is necessary to enjoy it. In spite of this, many of us are inclined to shy away from classi(...)

Best production   Chekhov’s First Play A Dead Centre production with Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and Theatre National Bordea(...)

 Caoimhe O’Malley Eleanor Methven James Murphy and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman in You Never Can Tell

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ** Where are we? Bernard Shaw’s 1896 comedy suggests an English seaside resort, where a mother and her three children have (...)

Derbhle Crotty as Henry IV. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

Mick Lally Theatre, Galway ****There’s nothing quite as beautiful, or as torturous, as the crown of England we see in Druid’s remarkable staging of Sh(...)

Friday’s programme showed that, under its current chorus master, Mark Hindley (above), standards at the RTÉ Philharmonic are high

RTÉ has been quick off the mark in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. The choir joined the RTÉ NSO at the NCH on Frida(...)

Sleeping Beauty: a nicely judged production

Lyric Theatre, Belfast ***   The delicacy and freshness of this prettily packaged show compensate for its diminutive scale. Derek(...)

Pianist Conor Linehan, director Jimmy Fay and choreographer Colin Dunne take a fresh look at the 1913 Lockout in a new production at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s easy to be sentimental – or cynical – about such concepts as solidarity and brotherhood. It’s not so easy to bring them to life. The Abbey Theatr(...)

The Risen People: a huge degree of talent put to the service of a bad idea. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
The Risen People

The Risen PeopleAbbey Theatre, Dublin**Memorials, to paraphrase Allen Ginsberg, are for old bums to sit on. The idea of commemorating the 1913 Lockout(...)