King Lear in  a Van: Arthur Riordan in the title role. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you were loitering around Ely Place in Dublin recently you may have heard some worrying bellowing from the car park/loading bay of the Royal Hibern(...)

How These Desperate Men Talk ****Kinsale Arts Festival, Cork Factories have their own coherence. In this case, the corrugated spaces of the Graepel P(...)

From left: Rasam chefs Gagan Dhingra, Dayal Singh Negi, Govindharaj Sundaram and head chef Anubhav Srivastava

Irish tastes heat up “When we opened in 2003, roughly 75 per cent of guests ordered creamy and mild dishes, but this is steadily decreasing and t(...)

The Lookout, by Brian O’Doherty, at Charles Fort for Kinsale Arts Festival. Photograph: John Allen

The arts aren’t unique: everyone has seen cuts to funding, but as artists and arts organisations are told to raise more money from an already s(...)

Mo bros Luca Dalfonso (right) of The Fumbally, with his father Guglielmo and Chewy (former Man of Movember), centre

Cook like a man – a Mo manIt’s not just for the boys – or the “Mo Bros” as they prefer to be called. Cook Like A Man, in support of the Movember men’s(...)

Springsteen and the men and women of The E Street Band will be playing shows in Limerick, Cork, Belfast and Kilkenny, where they’ll end their current European tour with a two-night run in Nowlan Park. Photograph: Matt Kent/Getty Images

Hey, what’s that sound? Can you hear it? There it is again. What is it? Bruuuuuuuuuuuce! That’s the sound of 140,000 music fans yelling – well, yod(...)

Rosemary Collier, director of The Kilkenny Arts Festival, with members of Macnas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rosemary CollierDirector of Kilkenny Arts Festival What is your favourite festival? West Cork Chamber Music Festival, not just because Francis Humphry(...)

Actor Jeremy Irons at the launch of Kinsale Arts Festival which was opened by actress Sinead Cusack. Photograph: John Allen

Kinsale en fete is not so different to Kinsale ordinaire. Even the long blue banners floating above the narrowest main street in Ireland, proclaiming (...)

Satirical homage in Trim, Co Meath: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), as depicted in an oil  painting by Charles Jervas. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

Jonathan Swift was appointed vicar of Laracor, near Trim, Co Meath, in 1700, and each year Trim pays homage (and boosts local tourism) with the Swift (...)