Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

The new pieces by Scott McLaughlin, Eric Skytterholm Egan and Amanda Feery will be heard at the NCH on May 16th

Music of Our Time, a new lunchtime concert series at the NCH from, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, offers recent music, including a programme de(...)

Composer Shaun Davey created the new orchestral work with poet Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Barry Cronin

One Hundred Years a Nation, a new orchestral and choral work to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising has received its world premiere. Thousands (...)

Paul Muldoon: “We are certainly within our rights to reclaim the significance of the Easter Rising from some of the gangs that have hijacked it.” Photograph: Tony Pleavin

About 30 years ago, a mischievous BBC producer invited me to adapt The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for a 20-minute radio script. Never one to turn(...)

Soprano Michelle O’Rourke: has cultivated a back-to-nature vocal loveliness. It’s mesmerising in small doses, but less impressive over longer spans

It has to be a world-record attempt. I’m talking about a new series of concerts, The Irish Canon, promoted by the Association of Irish Composers. The (...)

The Children in Crossfire charity attempt on the  World Riverdance record, in  which  2,569 dancers took part. Photograph: Trevor McBride

An estimated 430,000 people including 20,000 musicians and dancers have swarmed Derry for what organisers have said is the biggest fleadh ever.The cro(...)

 Alan Buribayev launches the NSO season with a free concert today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oftentimes the things that matter most are not the ones that are talked about the most. Think of practices in the medical profession that can c(...)