Tara Erraught: the Irish mezzo soprano of the moment gives recitals at Wexford Festival Opera, the NCH and in Galway. Photograph: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

The new concert season kicks off in earnest on Friday, with one of the most explosive works ever written. Stravinsky’s still awe-inspiring Rite of (...)

A farm that supplies to Fonterra co-operative group in  New Zealand: Dairy prices slumped to a 12-year low at this week. Photograph: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg

Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, cut the amount it will pay New Zealand farmers for milk to the lowest in at least 10 (...)

Installation at ‘Relativity’, an exhibition by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini at the Festival Gallery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Windguru and other internet weather maps will be scrutinised in Galway this week as a 30m-long “Skywhale” prepares to take flight over the city. The m(...)

 Chris De Burgh performs during the humanist funeral service for Paolo Tullio at Trinity College Dublin, June 11th, 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Affectionate tributes were paid to the late Paolo Tullio at his funeral service in Trinity College on Thursday. The award-winning chef and restaurant(...)

John Wilson: what’s his secret? Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cavalleria rusticana (in concert)    This was a real John Wilson gig. The principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra has ma(...)

The line-up for the third Ballymaloe Litfest is as impressive as ever, with 17 writers, producers and experts from Ireland and around the globe. Su(...)

The Ocean Spray cranberry garden at last year’s Bloom in the Park festival. This year’s fetival will have a large Food Village with restaurants, cafes, markets and cookery demonstrations. Photograph: Lorna Gannon/Jardin

Food festival season continues apace – with more and more blending culinary elements into other areas of interest. The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literar(...)

Whistleblower and former garda John Wilson was one of three men arrested at a water charges protest in Cavan on Tuesday. Gardaí arrested the three at (...)

Sharon Carty: presented a Schubert programme with pianist Jonathan Ware on Sunday. What made the recital special was the way the partnership captured the inner aspects of the songs

‘Let’s make it as good as we can.” Those words of John Wilson, the principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in an interview with Michael D(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has made a bold and brave start in her new post. The decisions she takes in her first 100 days as commissioner do(...)