John Calnan, who is no longer in ministry, was sentenced to three years in jail, with the final year suspended, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a girl in West Cork in 1989. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

A 76-year-old retired priest who sexually abused a seven-year-old girl while hearing her first confession has been jailed for two years.John Calnan, w(...)

Vision for Cork: Everyman Palace’s artistic director Julie Kelleher. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Cork has always had plenty to shout about when it comes to its musical heritage. From Microdisney to Mick Flannery, Seán Ó Riada to Rory Gallagher (...)

Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes leaving the Four Courts after giving evidence in Ian Bailey’s High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Journalist Ian Bailey was among 54 people initially categorised as suspects or persons of interest for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west(...)

Ian Bailey and partner Jules Thomas who was cross-examined this week by senior counsel Paul O’Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Witnesses Jules Thomas, Ian Bailey’s partner. Marie Farrell, a resident of Schull, Co Cork in 1996-97. Snapshots Cross-examining Ms Thomas, senior cou(...)

Ian Bailey: his partner Jules Thomas denies that she had brought pressure to bear on her daughter to change an account of their movements given to the gardaí. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

WitnessesnJules Thomas, Ian Bailey’s partnernMarie Farrell, a resident of Schull, Co Cork in 1996-1997 SnapshotsnCross-examining Ms Thomas, senior cou(...)

The Elixir of Love is indicative of the scale of production the OTC would liketo do more of

In the 1980s, the Arts Council decided that Ireland needed to move beyond the kind of opera tours with piano that had been offered by Irish Nationa(...)

The performance of Mendelssohn’s youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka (above), buzzed with energy. The audience loved it. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Killaloe Music Festival has got a new lease of life, although it’s not quite the same Killaloe Music Festival that the Irish Chamber Orchestra (...)

Deep by Raymond Scannell

Five years ago, the arch documentary theatre makers Rimini Protokoll asked Berlin to take a closer look at itself. A company that prefers to put real (...)