Sitting in the rear garden of 8 Herbert Park in Dublin’s Ballsbridge, it is hard to fathom that it is so close to the bustling thoroughfare of Donnybr(...)

Credit unions scored very highly on empathy. Photograph: Maxwells

Credit unions, the National Concert Hall and Dublin Zoo have emerged as the strongest Irish organisations for “customer experience”, according to a(...)

Brian Byrne: ‘I wanted to go to college, learn to be a good piano player and maybe get a job in Billy Joel’s band’

It was obvious that music would always play a part in Navan-born film composer Brian Byrne’s life. The Navan-born film composer has been lauded for(...)

John Banville, Eavan Boland (pictured above) and John Montague are among the line-up for a Yeats 150th anniversary event at the National Concert Hall next month.

Rebellion at Stinging Fly The deadline for submissions to The Stinging Fly February 2016 issue is this Friday, August 14th. In the Wake of the (...)

HJ Lim: gives the impression that, musically speaking, punctuation and cadence are of little concern to her

Korean pianist HJ Lim created quite a stir three years ago. She arrived on the recording scene in spectacular style in her mid-20s. EMI Classics to(...)

“I’ve been interested in design all my life” says Kenneth Jones, as I’m torn between admiring the view across the ornamental pond and lawns to the f(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphrey:  “The Irish audio-visual sector has been going from strength to strength in recent years  and I believe there is huge capacity for growth.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is to introduce legislation to change the name of the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann to (...)

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 (...)