From left : Una Mullally, journaslist, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, the civil liberties organisation, and Louise Lowe, theatre director and playwright, on the opening night of the Dublin Writers Festival, at Smock Alley Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

Literary festivals and the F-word make for unlikely companions, but so it was. Last night, in one of the first events of th(...)

Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

1. A date with D8 Take the Liberties Historical Walking Tour and brush up on the woollen district. 2. Memory lane See a chandelier rep(...)

 Alan Buribayev launches the NSO season with a free concert today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oftentimes the things that matter most are not the ones that are talked about the most. Think of practices in the medical profession that can c(...)

Paul Hillier’s ‘ability to navigate the atlas of choral repertoire must be second to none’. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s an old adage that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. But sometimes one little word makes all the difference. And at o(...)

Education April 2013. WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10:The National Gallery of Art's High School Summer Institute students Sam Girardot, 15, Mary Matecki, 17, and Ateret Sultan-Reisler, 17, add a little paint to one of the mobiles they created as a permanent installation at Northwest One Library are  hung Tuesday July 10,  2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The role of the arts within education over the years has been patchy, to say the least. And with relations between teachers and Minister for Educat(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan: “I'm really heartened by the positivity of artists towards this proposal.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Artists and arts organisations in receipt of taxpayers' money will be asked to give time to local schools. The public s(...)

Benjamin Grosvenor displayed  admirable technical discipline, before  metamorphosing into the persona of an old-style relaxed sensualist and showman

Life isn’t always simple when you tell the truth. As a student, I gave a straight answer in a viva voce to a question about my favourite compos(...)

Elizabeth Cooney: capable violinist

Do you think that a concert series should be like Ronseal, and do what it says on the tin? Or should it be like Hugh Tinney ’s European Masterw(...)

14/03/2013 FEATURES,  Doyle,family story. A WallaceThe Doyle family at home in Rathgar from left William, Harriet, Isabel Wilma ( mum with dog susie) and Emily Jane   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

FROM the Nolan Sisters to the Clancy Brothers, Kíla to the Kings of Leon, famous musical families seem to transcend time, place and musical gen(...)