The extra funding announced for the arts in the Budget is in fact earmarked for the Easter Rising commemorations

Well, the budget’s been and gone, and all the talk is still about water charges. But the budget was good news. Wasn’t it? Between the easing of the(...)

Bill Whelan and flautist James Galway on stage at University Concert Hall, Limerick for one of two concerts celebrating Whelan. Photograph: Alan Place/Fusionshooters

** Bill Whelan – An Chistín; Riverdance Symphonic Suite; Linen and Lace; Inishlacken.   In the 1980s, Limerick-man Bill Whelan was(...)

Chieftains members Triona Marshall and Paddy Moloney give a performance. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Traditional music veterans The Chieftains have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to music.Paddy Moloney, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Kev(...)

Fidget Feet at the launch Limerick National City of Culture 2014. Photograph: Sean Curtin

‘Urban, edgy and contemporary” are the aims of the €6 million programme for Limerick’s reign as the first national City of Culture.The year-long progr(...)

Aerial dance theatre company Fidget Feet at the  launch of the programme of events for Limerick National City of Culture 2014 yesterday. Photograph: Seán Curtin.

Limerick’s reign as city of culture is expected to generate up to €100 million for the local economy.Key elements of the year-long programme aimed at (...)

The 20th anniversary tour of Riverdance will form the centrepiece of the City of Culture 2014 programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/the Irish Times

THE programme for Limerick’s reign as national City of Culture 2014 will be unveiled today by Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan. The 20th anniversary w(...)

Flautist James Galway. Photograph: Alan Betson

The National Concert Hall recently honoured two Irish musicians at opposite ends of their careers. Überflautist James Galway became the second recipie(...)

Man with the golden flute: James Galway’s gala night is at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lifetime-achievement awards? Some recipients are embarrassed by them. Others are sniffy about them. Many are mortified by the shovelfuls of obituary-s(...)

 A jug of mixed roses. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Over the past few weeks, that Elvis Costello song, Good Year For The Roses just keeps popping into my head. The reason, of course, is the sun, which i(...)