Margaret Burke Sheridan and director Vincenzo Bellezza in London by Erich Salomon in 1938. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

“Miss Sheridan is Irish. But either by instinct or by luck, she sings like an Italian.” This, from a Milan Review of Margaret Burke Sheridan’s 1919 de(...)

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin: the University of Limerick paid tribute to its professor’s “pioneering solo albums, which repositioned his chosen instrument, the piano, at the heart of Irish traditional music”

Tributes have poured in for Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, the pioneering musician and composer, who has died “after a prolonged illness”, his family said. (...)

Actor Dominic Cooper says he was not expecting to get the part in Mamma Mia! and wasn’t sure if he wanted it anyway. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Dominic Cooper nearly didn’t try for the first Mamma Mia! film. He was in the middle of shooting something else and reluctantly went along to the audi(...)

Oscar Ghiglia: ‘When I play, it is as if I were teaching, in a way, and vice versa’

I meet Oscar Ghiglia at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he is due to give a masterclass. He turns up 45 minutes late, an amiable, garrulou(...)

Public Piano at Pearse Station as Iarnród Éireann encourages commuters to play a tune. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Sing-songs around the piano may soon be a feature of Dublin commuter life as Iarnród Éireann installs a permanent upright in Pearse Street station. (...)

Jacob McCarthy, who plays  Christopher in new Irish movie “The Drummer and The Keeper”.  The Dublin actor turns  in a star performance  as a teenager with Asperger’s syndrome

“What are the rules for making people believe in you?” asks Christopher, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, played by newcomer Jacob McCarthy in th(...)

The cast of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’: ‘The actors can’t act. They keep accidentally breaking the fourth wall or blanking their lines or forgetting that their characters are meant to be dead’

This week sees the Irish debut of a new play at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. It’s called The Murder at Haversham Manor and it is terrible. I saw it a(...)

Ronan Guilfoyle  at Newpark Music Centre in Glasthule, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The word “jazz” may conjure up images of men in sharp suits playing swing music in smoky basements. For contemporary jazz musicians, it’s a tired s(...)

In Linger, Breandán de Gallaí dances with Nick O’Connell

Gay male identity isn’t a subject normally explored in Irish step dance. But for choreographer Breandán de Gallaí, step dance isn’t about the exterio(...)

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