Karen Ní Bhroin, who will make her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday.

FRIDAY Julian Milkis, Anna Kiselyova John Field Room, NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, €15 nch.ie, julianmilkis.com/contact Russian-born clarinettist Julian M(...)

 Fergus Sheil speaking after picking up the best opera award at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, for The Barber of Seville by Wide Open Opera. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is to get a new opera company that will present its first productions in 2018. The company will be created through merging two existing opera(...)

“I don’t think Margaret Thatcher was all women and I don’t think Leo Varadkar is all gay men,” says Fabian McGrath. The tenor with the Dublin Gay Men(...)

Addressing the audience between encores, DiDonato reminded them of her Irish-American roots – she was born Joyce Flaherty

It was appropriate that last Thursday evening’s audience at the National Concert Hall had made their way there through a heavy electrical storm. The a(...)

Crashlands in the community hall in Innisbofin. Photograph: Brendan Canty

“It’s a bit bonkers.” Malachy Robinson is sitting at the dining room table of a house on Long Island, a small but picturesque outcrop 600 metres off t(...)

Carla Bley: “The real truth is I did want to be different. I never wanted to be what people expected me to be.” Photograph: Lauren Lancaster/New York Times

When word comes through about an interview with Carla Bley, ahead of her appearance in the Perspectives series at the National Concert Hall, it comes (...)

Laurie Anderson at the National Concert Hall.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Audiences are not a fixed entity, and neither are cultural institutions nor venues. Adapt or die, and all that. As a teenager, I sang in choirs at the(...)

Richard Dawkins:  confident the Irish people would vote to overturn the blasphemy law if there was a referendum on the issue. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and author, has said he would be willing to make himself a test case to challenge the law on blasphemy, wh(...)

Gardaí investigation and accusation of Blasphemy against Stephen Fry and decided not to take any action.

New Zealand plans to scrap the crime of blasphemy following calls for reform in response to a Garda investigation into British actor and comedian Step(...)

Yes to . . . a city break in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland This incredible weather, heating us all up happily. Bluebells Glorious right now. Walk in the woodlands and wonder. Galway Arts Festival (...)