The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: RTE

The board of RTÉ will “undermine its own strength” if it backs calls for the national broadcaster to cut ties with the National Symphony Orchestra, un(...)

John Wilson, principal of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ is so financially straitened that it cannot restructure its finances and fund two orchestras at the same time, a report has concluded. The revi(...)

Capacity of main auditorium to increase to 1,350 seats

After nearly 40 years as a venue and 12 million people in its auditorium, the National Concert Hall has “stood up well”, says its chief executive Simo(...)

The investment includes €460 million earmarked for priority projects at national cultural institutions including the National Library. Photograph: Frank Miller

Investment of almost €1.2 billion in culture, heritage and Irish language works over the next decade will be announced on Tuesday as part of Project I(...)

“I asked Mrs McGinley if she would give me a piece that would be exciting – because grade pieces can be very boring.” Young pianist Rosa O’Reilly

Lovely Ken Wardrop is one of those rare film-makers who gives off exactly the energy you would expect from watching one of his films. Now in his mid-4(...)

The Gloaming Live at the National Concert Hall in March 2018. Photograph: York Tillyer

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm Rock star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof leads the names joining Ryan Tubridy on Good Friday’s Late La(...)

The Humours of Bandon

At the Imagining Ireland concert at the Barbican earlier this month, Paul Noonan of BellX1 described the multifaceted gig as “a photograph of some of (...)

Sigrid: Does she wear normal clothes?  Yes! Photograph: Getty Images

The Stunning Opera House, Cork Saturday March 17th 8pm €35 corkoperahouse.ie Theatre Royal, Waterford Sunday March 18th 8pm €29 theatreroyal.ie Dolan(...)

‘I’m very aware of all sorts of angles on this relating to Brexit, to Ireland, and to the Border,’ says composer Neil Martin

The mythical 7th-century tale of a wandering bird man, suffering from what might now be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder, is the source of (...)

  Neil Martin: song-cycle based on Seamus Heaney’s ‘Sweeney Astray’

Not much can be said with certainty about the Battle of Mag Rath, which happened near what is now Moira, Co Down, in 637. But we know it was big, be(...)

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