Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic, the National Concert Hall’s top-grossing event in 2015. (Photograph: Chris Lee)

The appearance of the New York Philharmonic helped the National Concert Hall to keep ticket sales steady at the €7 million mark in 2015, but an incre(...)

Lorraine Nolan: Health Products Regulatory Authority chief executive: Nolan comes from a scientific family – ‘my sister is a nurse, one brother is a biologist, another is a biochemist and another is an electronic engineer. I blame my parents who bought us all chemistry sets as children.’

You might expect the national authority for regulating medicines and medical devices to occupy an imposing historic or modern building in the capital.(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny   with Gregory Ellis and Keith Pascoe of the Vanbrugh String Quartet at the opening of the newly refurbished Kevin Barry Recital Room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I don’t suppose it was a decisive issue, one way or another – the 1921 Treaty debates were probably doomed from the start, wherever they were held. Bu(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Gregory Ellis and Keith Pascoe of the Vanbrugh String Quartet at the opening of the newly refurbished Kevin Barry Recital Room at the National Concert Hall last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it was his “earnest hope” that a government could be formed, following talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ne(...)

   “The words of Beckett poured forth from a spot-lit Lisa Dwan into a void of blackness and quiet (except for the usual epidemic of coughing that made the place sound like a sanitorium).” Photograph: Eric Luke

On Wednesday night, not for the first time, I found myself outflanked by Fintan O’Toole. Speaking as MC at an event in the National Concert Hall, he m(...)

Top, Donnacha Dennehy and Colm Tóibín. Bottom, Joseph Conrad and Roger Casement. Photographs: Britt Olsen-Ecker, Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images, George C Beresford/Getty Images

All this week, the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series of concerts is inviting artists to examine Irish identity, history and the legacy of(...)

Members of the Defence Forces pass the GPO in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Wreath-layings and proclamation readings are among a series of 1916 Rising-related events taking place across the country today. Wreaths will be laid(...)

Fighting for his life: The Trial of Roger Casement, 1916, painted by John Lavery. Photograph:  Crown copyright/ UK Government art collection/Courtesy Royal Irish Academy

After the Easter Rising, in the summer of 1916, the most famous Irishman in the world tried to save the last of the rebel leaders from execution. Geor(...)

Catherine Hammond painting.

MONDAY McKenna’s Fort The New Theatre, Dublin. Previews Mar 21-22. Opens Mar 21-Apr 2 7.30pm €16/€12.50 thenewtheatre.com With the centenary of the(...)

Little Green Cars

FRIDAY Little Green Cars Whelan’s, Dublin 8pm €23 whelanslive.com The difference three years can make: Irish band Little Green Cars have been put t(...)