Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town this week. In October 1954, the Athlone correspondent of The Irish Times “reported that the river had risen to a height never experienced before”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A few days before Christmas in 1932, Peter Moran from Drumsna, Co Leitrim, nearly drowned because of the flooding caused by the River Shannon bursting(...)

Lang Lang:  there may be nothing better for a man with such startling facility and strong ideas than music so new that its performing traditions have yet to be established

When I went to hear Lang Lang in Birmingham earlier this month, the person seated next to me was a Chinese girl, who struck up a conversation a(...)