Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

“We come from very different backgrounds”: Fergus Sheil (left) and Brian Irvine.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fergus Sheil is a conductor who works with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and is artistic director of Wide Open Music and Opera Theatre Compan(...)

A replica of Dolly Parton’s childhood Smoky Mountain home at Dollywood in North Carolina.

My husband and I would like to take our three children (nine, 11 & 13) to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast during the mid-term break in Octobe(...)

Bloomsday, June 16th

January Out to Lunch 2-26 From Eamon Dunphy to Edna O’Brien, this Belfast festival has an eclectic line-up of music, spoken word and comed(...)

‘Are there actually three festivals happening in Ireland every week?” A common response whenever I try to explain the obsessive festival behaviour I’v(...)

Nora Sourouzian  and Brian Mulligan in dress rehearsals for Thérèse. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When I was young, six or seven, I saw part of a film being shot in the Phoenix Park. It turned out to be about the most unglamorous thing you could im(...)

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada at the site in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter where he is working with volunteers and communities from Belfast to create a giant portrait of a Belfast girl. Photograph: Press Eye Photography

When CNN failed to broadcast footage of Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s massive land portrait of Barack Obama – planned to coincide with the 2008 US presiden(...)

Trio of friends: John Montague, his wife, Elizabeth Wassel, and Seamus Heaney in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recently I spoke in Enniskillen at the Happy Days Beckett festival, an event Seamus would have loved for its generosity of spirit. He, like myself, em(...)

Solly Lipsitz: opened Atlantic Records in Belfast after discovering jazz in the 1940s

Solly Lipsitz, who has died in his native Belfast, made a major contribution to the city’s cultural life. Probably his main achievements were b(...)