The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

With Galway International Arts Festival safely (and, by most accounts, successfully) packed away for another year, the stage is set for the summer’s l(...)

A tattered US flag flies on an old tractor in a farm field outside Sutherland Springs, near the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Texas. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Across the empty fields of southern Texas, the silence hung heavy in the air. The tiny community of Sutherland Springs was thrown into chaos last week(...)

Law enforcement officials continue investigating at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church  early on November 6th, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas, after a mass shooting. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

On Sunday, Sutherland Springs in Texas became the latest American town to join the inventory of place-names that have become synonymous with gun atroc(...)

FBI agents search for clues at the entrance to the First Baptist Church after a mass shooting resulting in the deaths of  26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

An official from the Texas Department of Public Safety has said the gunman involved in a mass shooting at a Texas church had been involved some form o(...)