Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: European premiere with the Britten Sinfonia  at the Barbican in  November 2016. Photograph:  Mark Allan

Gerald Barry claims the idea for his latest piece struck him in the midst of a fever. “I was in Birmingham, sick in a hotel with a horrible flu, feeli(...)

Wide Open Opera’s production of “The Barber of Seville”. Will Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera and Wexford Festival Opera also throw their hats into the ring?

The Arts Council’s problematic handling of opera has been well aired in these pages. Happily, the council’s latest move on opera funding is in a posit(...)

Ruth McGill, who is to host The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards,  in  the Performance Corporation’s  The Dead

Ruth McGill and Peter Daly are to host this year’s The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Ruth McGill is currently touring with the Performance Corpor(...)

From the depths of memory, I recalled the (unofficial) motto of the US postal service: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Back in Montana last autumn after an emotional first trip to Ireland, my cousin Rosie sent each of her relatives here a Christmas card with a small me(...)

5 Argyle Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

The Donnybrook end of Dublin’s Herbert Park, for those lucky enough to live there, is one of the capital’s loveliest leafy enclaves. The houses along (...)

Participants in  Young Blood. “It’s a good snapshot of Ireland in a moment in time”

On a bitterly cold Wednesday afternoon in Dublin in the foyer of the National Concert Hall, Karen Walshe, the artistic director at the St Patrick’s Fe(...)

Karl Jenkins: one critic has described him as classical music’s “Marmite Man”

For several weeks recently, my Dublin neighbourhood was mystified (or at least I was mystified on its behalf) by a daily broadcast of the Muslim call (...)

The cast and production team of ‘Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli’ collecting their award at last year’s   event. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Voting in the Audience Choice prize for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards closes at midnight this evening. The awards celebrate the best plays, per(...)

Bono shows his appreciation to the Croke Park crowd during U2's 360 Tour performance in July 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sometimes, as Sean Spicer is finding out in the White House, it’s the simple questions which are the hardest to answer. For music fans, and especiall(...)

Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster, is being celebrated at a two-week festival of culinary, cultural, musical and sporting events in Dublin

Chinese New Year 2017 is being marked in Dublin by a two-week festival to celebrate the arrival of the year of the rooster. The 10th Dublin Chinese Ne(...)