Siobhán Cleary: declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The news that an established Irish composer declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias has to be a matter for serious co(...)

Wolfgang Rihm: shares a characteristic with Mozart

Tennis legend Jimmy Connors once remarked that, “In an era of specialists, you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard(...)

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(...)

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork will host a newly commissioned work. Image: Google Maps

What have the Easter Rising, William Shakespeare and a group that sounds as if they should be performing in Game of Thrones all got in common? Not a l(...)