The opera house in Wexford generates opera on just 12 nights a year in a town with a population of about 20,000 in the southeastern corner of the country. Photograph: David Sleator

Spontaneous, unprovoked testimonials are always impressive. I witnessed a few at Wexford Festival Opera last week. Two stood out, both of them comi(...)

David McLoughlin: ‘within a week of arriving in the country I was working in a record company. Nowadays I work for the government, looking after the Music Export Office.’

Originally from Co Kildare, David McLoughlin is a music producer based in São Paulo, his home for the past 20 years.How did you end up in Brazil?My fi(...)

Eoin Butler at opening night of Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Patrick Browne

At the mouth of the river Slaney, about a third of a tonne of fireworks has just exploded in the night sky, marking the official opening of the 62nd W(...)