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Bluebeard’s Castle: Joshua Bloom as Bluebeard and Paula Murrihy as Judith in Irish National Opera’s production

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Gaiety Theatre ★ ★ ★ ★ There is a special amazement with art that hides art. Think of a Bach keyboard piece with two beautifu(...)

Paula Murrihy will play Judith in the upcoming production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle for the Dublin Theatre Festival

Mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy’s journey from Kerry to the stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Salzburg Festival, not to mention her reg(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán suffered a stinging rebuke from his European political allies on Wednesday when the EU’s parliament voted for the first time to(...)

Méabh Ní Drisceoil, third secretary in the Irish embassy in Hungary,  meeting president of Hungary János Áder.

Is there more to being a diplomat than truly spoiling guests at the ambassadorial residence with pyramids of gold foil-wrapped chocolates? The Public(...)

Budapest: property market didn’t bottom out until 2013, from whence a faltering recovery has become an overheating market. Photograph: Getty

When the Irish began a short-lived love affair with overseas property from the end of the 1990s, the initial foray was into resort property along the (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and German chancellor Angela Merkel: Asked about policy to criminalise people deemed to have aided illegal immigration, Mr Orban said his country pursued “humane” policies. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

In the end, Angela Merkel’s fraying patience with Viktor Orban snapped – although in the nicest way possible. “Right, now we’re taking a photo,” she (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the announcement of  partial results of parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, in April. File photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

A row over “European values” has led to a severing of links between the Fidesz party of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and the centrist Christi(...)

George Soros, founder and the Open Society Foundations. Open Society said Viktor Orban’s campaign had “invoked anti-Semitic imagery from World War II”. Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

A major foundation funded by liberal philanthropist George Soros is closing its regional headquarters in Hungary, due to what it calls “an increasingl(...)

Andrson founders Neil Dunne and Zach Miller-Frankel

David Gogan, a former vice-president at record label EMI Ireland and son of the legendary DJ Larry Gogan, believes the traditional era of A&R is o(...)

Thailand

Tour Thailand Take in three destinations in Thailand with Cassidytravel. Spend two nights in Bangkok, five nights in Koh Samui, five nights in Phuket(...)

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