NCH chairman Gerry Kearney, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys and NCH chief executive Simon Taylor with Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) at the launch of Imagining Home

Last week the National Concert Hall announced a series of seven concerts under the title Imagining Home. The venture, which will run through Easter(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 memorial to his friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann, was a work ahead of its time. It’s fantastical – the paintings referr(...)

Ireland’s bad bank NAMA last year moved into property development in a bid to build out its stock of undeveloped land. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

European banks have stepped up their sales of distressed real estate loans, as investors flock into the continent’s property sector.Sales of loan por(...)

Portrait of Beethoven  by Joseph Karl Stieler

  ALFRED BRENDEL Pianist “Beethoven. Grand master of chamber music, sonata, variation and symphony. What other composer covered, w(...)

Detainees sit in a holding area watched by military police at Camp X-Ray inside Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in  January  2002. PhotographL US Department of Defense/Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy/Reuters

The United States has sent two detainees being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their native Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said toda(...)

An undercover police officer who posed for years as an environmental activist reportedly co-wrote a libellous leaflet that attacked McDonald’s and tri(...)

Gerard Gillen: upbeat musician

The organ series at St Michael’s Church in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin started its 40th series on Sunday, and Gerard Gillen, the man who began it all, wa(...)