Singer/songwriter Kevin Nolan: ‘I wanted to write about mental anguish and found St Dymphna, the patron saint of mental illness’

I sum up my life with this paragraph: composition, writing, prose, poetry, girlfriend, collaborator, illness (schizo-affective disorder), my father(...)

The Girl Who Believed in Magic Project Arts Centre, Dublin **For her first miracle, in a new performance reportedly inspired by magic, the musician Ju(...)

A performance by comedian Tommy Tiernan; the First Fortnight mental health festival; and Leinster v Ulster are among the events taking place in Dublin this weekend.
What’s on this weekend?

A guide to what’s on around the country this weekend: First Fortnight An ideal tonic to the new year blues, the First Fortnight creative ar(...)

One of the most unusual events at this year’s First Fortnight is Co-Motion at St Stephen’s Green this Sunday at 2pm. Celebrating the healing power (...)

Jennifer Evans: “I operate at an extremely slow pace because I’m trying to understand what I am writing about”

The musical moments that matter are the ones where a connection is made. Jennifer Evans is recalling some of her musical connections down the years(...)

Ed Sheeran: four nights in a row at Dublin's O2 in October

One season ends and another begins. As the outdoor shows run out of road, it’s time to return to the indoor halls, clubs and arenas. Many would arg(...)

Singer David Gray continues his return to the Irish stage at the Groove Festival in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TraidphicnicThe traditional arts and music festival with a difference takes place in An Spidéal,Co Galway this weekend.Traidphicnic is an access for a(...)

Michael Fassbender at the Irish film premiere of Frank at Lighthouse in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 1:55

Patrick Freyne Frank, a musical adventure story by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and featuring movie star (...)

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(...)