Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: “I want to see it [the National Concert Hall] developed  as a world-class venue that showcases the highest standard of musical excellence.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Pharmaceutical companies could have a philanthropic role in the work of the National Concert Hall, it has been suggested in the Dáil. Fianna Fáil ar(...)

‘It wasn’t difficult to be inspired by Nora’s words, imagining what she would be saying and how annoyed she must have been so often by Joyce’. Above, Nora Barnacle

Patrick Kavanagh extolled the virtues of a world where “life pours ordinary plenty”. Such mundane routines were alien to the life of Nora Barnacle,(...)

Gustav Piekut from Denmark preparing to play at the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 3:28

Gustav Piekut normally practises piano between four and six hours a day. However, when he’s preparing for a competition he’ll play for eight hours (...)

Actor Brian Gleeson: been confirmed for the series which begins shooting in the summer and will air in the first quarter of next year

  RTÉ has announced details of a five-part television drama series which will be the centrepoint of its Easter Rising commemoration schedu(...)

The NCH has secured a capital funding allocation of €  6m secured for the restoration of the Kevin Barry Room and other spaces.

The National Concert Hall broke even in 2014, on turnover of €6.8m, as the classical music venue secured its third highest attendance figures to date(...)

Peter Cassells is chairman of the expert group on third-level funding, which needs ideas and fast. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

  Could third-level savings bonds be sold politically? Peter Cassells, chairman of the expert group on third-level funding, was giving(...)

Tag rugby with the Terenure Tigers, part of Terenure College Rugby Club in Dublin. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

By the time Lorraine Doyle’s twin boys were eight years old, she had no problem finding sporting and social after-school activities for one, but no(...)

Lighting designer Billy Canning has designed chandeliers for concert halls, palaces and private residences, as well as restoring the oldest in Ireland

One person whose job has been to capture light for more than 20 years is Billy Canning, former chief lighting designer at Waterford Crystal and now(...)

Storm Large: ‘A lot of girls ask me how they can get to where I am. And they don’t like my answer.’ Photograph: Laura Domela

Storm Large is in Los Angeles. “There are a lot of really beautiful-looking people around, squinting in the sun, looking for raw, organic vegan foo(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht Heather Humphreys with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin at the launch of the 1916 Centenary Programme in the National Museum, Collins Barracks, earlier this week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:02

The seven multimillion euro projects that will become “permanent reminders” of the 1916 Easter Rising will all be completed in time for next year’s ce(...)