Are you a saver or a spender? I try to save as much as I can. As a freelance musician you can have busy and quiet months, so it’s really important to(...)

Sir John Betjeman: “The bold turrets so suited in their mouldings and terminations to the beautiful granite of which they are constructed . . . ” he wrote,  “make Monkstown church one of my first favourites . . . ”

Monkstown Parish Church (Anglican) will be focal point for the first Music in Monkstown (MiM) festival next weekend. It begins on Friday with music by(...)

Aspiring actors Hilary Bowen-Walsh and Sean Doyle ham-it-up before auditions for the first round of auditions for The Lir, a new National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh THE IRISH TIMES

For some people, creative arts is barely a career choice: it’s a vocation. Visually-minded artistic types are spoilt for choice, although with most r(...)

Wide Open Opera has brought the work to Dublin. Australian baritone Barry Ryan (above) is a thoughtful Nixon 2:00

Who would have predicted that minimalism and opera would combine in a popular partnership? Back in the 1960s, the idea of operas from the likes of Phi(...)

Clara Daly Donnellan, Cork, who won first place in the Feis Ceoil Yamaha brass bursary during rehearsals before the ESB Feis Ceoil Gala Concert at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. She was also awarded the ¤10,000  RDS music bursary.
 Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A selection of Ireland’s most talented young classical musicians gathered at the National Concert Hall in Dublin last night to take part in the 2014 (...)

Adelaide Road synagogue in  Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Jews arrived in Ireland during the reign of William the Conqueror. Henry III made his viceroy the custodian of Jews in Ireland; his successor, (...)

Heineken Cup Leinster rugby squad will play the Ospreys at 8pm on Friday at the RDS arena. The Irish side are four points ahead of Northampton after 2(...)

The first opera production of the year was – where else? – in Cork last weekend, when the CIT Cork School of Music presented Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (above)

There’s something about opera and Cork. It’s not just that the city has a theatre called the Cork Opera House: it’s that Cork just won’t lie down w(...)

Alan and Valerie Kingston, owners of Glenilen Farm, with their children, Sally (12), Grace (10) and Ben (7), at their family farm. Photographs:Emma Jervis
Married to the job

When Jamie and Lisa Cobbe gave up jobs in Dublin to start a business together in the west, they had to learn to speak to each other as colleagues – no(...)

Gráinne Yeats: In the course of her career, she performed in concerts and recitals in Ireland, the UK, North America and many of Europe’s capitals as well as Russia, India and Japan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gráinne Yeats was a harpist, singer and historian of the Irish harp, and is credited with the revival of the traditional wire-strung harp. She (...)