The performance of Mendelssohn’s youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka (above), buzzed with energy. The audience loved it. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Killaloe Music Festival has got a new lease of life, although it’s not quite the same Killaloe Music Festival that the Irish Chamber Orchestra (...)

Dean Victor Griffin former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photograph: Alan Betson

As a young Church of Ireland priest in Derry, Victor Griffin annoyed the Protestants. Later, when he came to Dublin as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral,(...)

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April, sweet, lovely April, is a bit like success. She has many fathers/mothers. But, regardless of such feckless parentage, it’s a m(...)

Macnas performers  draw a huge crowd on to the streets of Galway city during their On the Night Journey parade  yesterday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ragged- trousered philanthropists, waifs and misfits ran amok in Galway last evening, as Macnas street theatre troupe braved southwesterly gales with (...)

Janet Moran and Steve Blount in ‘Swing’

The word “dramaturg” is not universally popular among the playwrights of Ireland. I was in a reading with one of my favourite writers, who gave out sp(...)

A Free Syrian Army  fighter  provides cover while his comrade inspects  a body in Aleppo this week. Photograph: Reuters

We are in August, which rather than TS Eliot’s April, seems to be the cruellest month. This time next year will mark the centenary of the outbreak of (...)

Terrific ensemble piece: Susan McFadden, Oliver Savile, Alicia Beck and Paul Monaghan in  Cats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CatsBord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin****Cats is a curious beast; a musical almost entirely devoid of plot. Based on TS Eliot’s verses for children, it(...)

The British broadcaster and music critic John Amis, who has died aged 91, became a national figure thanks to the long- running BBC radio quiz My Music(...)

Nothing, not even Baz Luhrmann’s heavy-handed burlesque treatment, can diminish the enduring allure of F Scott Fitzgerald’s eerie and perverse elegy T(...)

‘Storytelling done better’?: the icon for Faber’s app of John Buchan’s 
The Thirty-Nine Steps

As digital change sweeps through the industry, publishers are beginning to think about the novels, short stories, poetry collections, memoirs a(...)