Dancing Queen, Billie Barry photographed at her home in Marino, Dublin. Hundreds packed into the Church of St Vincent de Paul today for Ms Barry’s funeral who died on Tuesday. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Billie Barry spent her life teaching people how to entertain so it was fitting that her funeral was a perfectly-choreographed celebration of music, so(...)

Reduction in debt seen as a “major win for the Irish taxpayer”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Property investor Derek Quinlan has cut his debts by more than €3 billion through a series of asset sales over the past five years, the Sunday Indepen(...)

Joanne Doyle and Breandán de Gallaí, the two principal dancers from Riverdance rehersing. Photograph  Alan Betson /Irish Times

The creative forces behind the entertainment phenomenon, Riverdance have shared a pay bonanza of €75 million since the turn of the century, new figu(...)

A troupe of Riverdancers in action. Photograph: Jack Hartin/Riverdance/PA Wire 8:10

Twenty years ago today, in the course of a seemingly ordinary Eurovision Song Contest, a troupe of Irish dancers flashed across the stage of what was (...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
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Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

A scene from Heartbeat of Home, the electrifying new music and dance spectacular from the producers of Riverdance.

At the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre punters gather to see if Riverdance team John McColgan and Moya Doherty can do it again – reboot Irish identity for an(...)

Captivated by an idea: dancers tap out the ‘Heartbeat of Home’. Photograph: Jim Byrne

In a dark studio on a sunny day, the composer Brian Byrne and a couple of engineers are working on a recording. They’ve had some late nights. They’re (...)

John McColgan launching WorldIrish.com during the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin Castle in 2011

Shareholders in Riverdance promoter John McColgan’s social media venture, including Denis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond, are to “discuss their options” f(...)

Irishcentral.com founder Niall O’Dowd. The website is to merge with John McColgan’s WorldIrish site. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The two largest Irish diaspora sites - Irishcentral. com and WorldIrish.com - have announced a decision to merge. The new entity which will be known a(...)