Stanley Townsend will perform in Rough Magic’s production of Mike McCormack’s award-winning novel Solar Bones. Photograph: Peter Searle

Like everyone, most of my culture over the past few months has been online. And a great deal of what I have seen, while occasionally wonderful, has se(...)

The NCH receives approximately €2.8m in State funding per year. Photograph: Mark Stedman

The National Concert Hall (NCH) must consider the “changing nature of music tastes” in future programming to reduce financial losses, the venue’s boa(...)

 Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a UN climate summit  in New York City, US, in September. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s fury is one of the defining expressions of our time. She’s right. She knows she’s right. And most everyone else know(...)

(From left) President Patrick Hillery with Lindsay Armstrong of the New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  as well as Garech Browne and his wife Purna, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in May 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Lindsay Armstrong’s new book, The Manager’s Tale: New Irish Chamber Orchestra 1970-1980, gives one man’s view of a remarkable achievement in Irish mus(...)

 Horslips are due to play Féile ’19. Photograph: Rob Hearne

There was a nostalgia tsunami last year when the return of Féile was announced. Ah, yes, the Trip to Tipp, recalled many people of a certain age, the (...)

Kevin Thornton: ‘We hope to make Food for Life at Féile a highlight for attendees.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Double Michelin-starred chef Kevin Thornton will curate a festival food area at this year’s Féile weekend in Thurles. Festival attendees can enjoy a(...)

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019: Rough Magic is staging Much Ado about Nothing. Photograph: Ste Murray

Two new collaborations with Rough Magic Theatre Company and a promenade production of Thomas Kilroy’s novel The Big Chapel staged in the town of Calla(...)

The Magic Flute: Nick Pritchard as Tamino and Anna Devin as Pamina in Irish National Opera’s new production. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Magic Flute National Opera House, Wexford ★★★★☆ With the lights dimmed but the curtain yet to rise on the opening night of Irish National Opera’s(...)

‘Wexford Festival Opera has long traded on its political nous and influence in the corridors of power.’

Silence is golden. But not when you’re an Arts Council client waiting to hear about your annual grant.  Each year the council hears about its ow(...)

 Nicole Kidman joins Graham Norton on Friday. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm After a heroic performance on Saturday which saw Ireland defeating the All Blacks by 16-9, man of the match(...)

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