The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival takes place in Mayo this weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Waterford Writers Weekend This year’s Waterford Writers festival embraces the importance of creativity for young people with events for student(...)

Kodaline at the Electric Picnic Festival last year.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Meteor Choice Music Prize event will take place this evening in Vicar Street, with televised highlights for the first time in the competiti(...)

Julie Feeney: ‘Any opportunity to refresh our approach to life is good by me.’

It’s that time of year again. As the final bars of Auld Lang Syne fade into the distance, a list of New Year’s resolutions will be drawn up.Some will (...)

Claudia Seaver from Alaska chats with Karen Greene dressed as ‘The Earl of Bellamont’ from a painting by Joshua Reynolds  as ‘Paintings Come to Life’ in advance of Culture Night tonight at the National Gallery of Ireland. The Gallery will be one of many cultural institutions which will provide free access and remain open till 9:30pm  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Culture Night moves to another plane tonight with 1,300 events across 34 regions of the country, making it the biggest to date by far. It will also be(...)

Musicians Julie Feeney and Eugene Ginty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Julie Feeney is a composer, singer/songwriter described as “brainy and adventurous” by the ‘New York Times’. Her third album ‘Clocks’ – has just been (...)

Séamus Crimmins: “I think I have done all I can to consolidate the standing of the ensembles and, in particular, to lift artistic standards while facing down unprecedented financial challenges”

Most music lovers in Ireland take it for granted, as if it’s the natural order of things. RTÉ is the dominant force in the country’s orchestral life, (...)

Julie Feeney, whose opera Birds will premiere at the Galway Arts Festival
The first orchestra thing that I did was hugely scary. Hugely scary. And I actually took three days to decide whether or not to do it. And then… then that, because doing that, it opened up a whole load of other things for me. So, it’s definitely, 
‘I know it’s definitely worth pushing yourself. There’s no 

question about it.’ 
Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The courtyard of the Four Seasons hotel in Ballsbridge is bustling. The fountain is drowned out by the clinking of champagne glasses, the chatter of t(...)

Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?I’d say it’s quite healthy. I’m a bit of a workaholic. I’d like to be getting more exercise but at the momen(...)

Songwriter Julie Feeney’s first foray into opera, “explosive” South African theatre, Australian circus and a “Big Top Night at the Proms” are among th(...)

Siobhán and Noel Carroll and their children, Eimhin, Sophie and Noah. Photograph: Martina Regan

AOIBHE was a new year baby, born at 12.06am on January 1st, 2004. Her photo was on the front page of the Connacht (...)

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