“Once the children feel and touch other instruments, you can be very surprised at what they are drawn to,” says Andrew Jordan, director of the Newpark Music Centre in South Co Dublin

Many music centres offer “pre-instrument” courses – are they really necessary? The most important thing is to develop a culture of music at home, bef(...)

Schoolkids learning musical instruments with tutor Michael Mullins at Scoil na Croise Naofa, Avenue de Rennes, Mahon, Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

If your children aren’t getting the chance to learn how to play music, they’re really missing out – “aspects of their holistic development are just no(...)

Doireann Ní Ghríofa with her award-winning poetry collection, Clasp, in Trinity College Dublin today. Photograph: Maura Hickey

Doireann Ní Ghríofa, a bilingual poet from Cork, was named this evening as this year’s winner of the Rooney Prize of Irish Literature, Ireland’s oldes(...)