Muireann O’Connell has the enthusiasm, not to mention the affability, to keep things palatable

It could be argued that if you work on a breakfast show, you’re effectively playing to one of the toughest crowds on radio: people about to hop on the(...)

Full moon in Galway? Photograph: Galway International Arts Festival/Facebook

A “bridge” made of cardboard mounted on kayaks over the river Corrib and a “gargantuan” newspaper installation by Turner prize-nominated artist David (...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

World premieres of Paul Muldoon’s Incantata, two new plays, by Sonya Kelly and Cristin Kehoe, from Druid, and a new theatre installation from Enda Wal(...)

If you are searching for the perfect playlist for Mother’s Day we humbly suggest you’ve just hit the mother lode. The best matriarchal musical tribute(...)

Shane MacGowan at his 60th birthday celebration at the National Concert Hall, in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nick Cave, Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, a Sex Pistol and the President of Ireland are at the National Concert Hall for Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday. I lov(...)

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds performing on stage with Shane MacGowan in London, 1992. Photograph: Redferns

Few thought Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan would live until 40, let alone celebrate his 60th birthday. At 35, the Pogues fired him, as the band who ma(...)

Top of the world: Paul Mescal’s nosebleed trajectory in Irish theatre has certainly singled him out as one to keep an eye on. Photograph: Ste Murray

When Selina Cartmell launched her inaugural season as director of the Gate Theatre last May, the photocall was predictably starry. Flanking Cartmell w(...)

Shane MacGowan performing on stage with The Pogues in Greenwich in 2011. Photograph:  Matt Kent/Redferns

Shane MacGowan will be celebrating his birthday at the National Concert Hall in January in fine style, with a galaxy of famous names lining up to toas(...)

Steps are back: Faye Tozer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Claire Richards, Lee Latchford-Evans and Lisa Scott-Lee

Saturday, November 11 Finbar Hoban presents Elaine Mai Upstairs at Bridge St, Castlebar. €8/10 In September, we awarded Elaine Mai with the honourabl(...)

Selina Cartmell (middle of front row) at the launch of her inaugural season at the Gate Theatre with a number of artistic collaborators.

The Gate Theatre has announced details of its first season since the departure of its long-standing director Michael Colgan, who retired last month. O(...)

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