Royal Irish Academy of Music student Maria Rojas and  Milo O’Brien (7), a participant in   Le Chéile,  at the  launch  of Ireland’s first national orchestra for disabled musicians. Photograph: Alan Betson

Orchestras have always been associated with the musical elite. It would have been inconceivable a generation ago that somebody with an intellectual di(...)

Deborah Kelleher of the Royal Irish Academy of Music: ‘The solo piano was receding. I was nervous as a solo pianist. There wasn’t enough in it for me to want to continue.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In May 2010, the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) lost its director, John O’Conor, in less than happy circumstances. Those circumstances did not be(...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, RIAM director Deborah Kelleher, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and (front row) Cormac Mac Canna (10), Yikai Zhao (7), Sarah Brazil (10) and Charlotte Croke (11) during Thursday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Royal Irish Academy of Music will almost double student numbers after a €20 million transformation of its Dublin campus on Westland Row, to make I(...)

Celine Byrne.

Maria Callas probably put it best: “You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a firework. The(...)

Moya Doherty has been involved in theatre, radio and television production and presentation, both in Ireland and abroad.Photograph: Frank Miller

Moya Doherty, the creator of Riverdance and a founding director of independent radio station Today FM, has been appointed chair of the new RTÉ Board.(...)

Did you get out of the wrong side of the bed this morning? Are you hacked off with the weather? Are last night’s dirty dishes still in the sink(...)