Kilkenny Arts Festival presents the world premiere production of a new Festival commission The Lightkeepers’ Last Stand, a free aerial circus show for all ages by the awe-inspiring Loosysmokes, one of Ireland’s leading modern circus companies. Photograph: Pat Moore

“When we think about craft, we think about hand-made,” Nora O Murchu told the crowd crammed into the National Design and Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on (...)

Alan Rusbridger: in Galway on Sunday for an encounter with the Irish pianist Finghin Collins

Sunday, April 29th Play It Again Town Hall Theatre, Galway; 8pm; €18, €20/€6; 091-705962, tht.ie Five years ago, when he was editor of the Guardian, (...)

GPO in O’Connell Street, Dublin: a long musical tradition since Radio Éireann.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Festival in Great Irish Houses, founded in 1970, was originally based in Castletown House and Carton House. Its director, David Laing, told the l(...)