Richard Pine in Greece: Here my weekly shop costs €75; in Ireland that would barely put the butter on the bread

Living and working in a country that is bankrupt, politically chaotic, in hock to international moneylenders and at the centre of the worst refugee cr(...)

Gavan Ring on The Barber of Seville: “To sing Rossini, I tell ya, you’d be sweating at the end of it”

In the taxi on the way to meet baritone Gavan Ring (28), from Kerry, I find myself telling the driver who I’m off to see. “I don’t believe you,” he s(...)

Aisling Cassidy, graduate in Visual Merchandising, at the DIT Graduate Exhibition, LIFT OFF

For some people, creative arts is more than a career choice: it’s a vocation. Visually-minded artistic types are spoilt for choice, although as many(...)

 Imelda May, Glen Hansard and Roddy Doyle in Barrytown Meets MusicTown, a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Barrytown Trilogy’, at Vicar Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The diversity of Dublin’s music scene is being showcased through MusicTown the capital’s newest music festival which runs until April 19th.An eclecti(...)

Ben Folds: ‘Find moments in your own life to explore.’ Photograph: Erika Goldring/WireImage

How does a songwriter know when a song is finished? How do you write a good song? What is a good song? How does an impulsive idea become a melodiou(...)

Students on UCD campus in Belfield. Photograph: Frank Miller

College choices. Maybe you’re lucky and you’ve already got it all figured out. Or maybe you’re unlucky enough to think you have it all figured out.(...)

Phelim Donlon: meeting him sparked lifelong careers, nurtured by wise mentoring

Phelim Donlon, who has died aged 78, was deeply influential in the remarkable expansion of professional Irish theatre in the closing decades of the la(...)

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(...)