Patrick Mason

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Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

‘I’m surrounded by Tom here,” says Jane Brennan. “His presence is everywhere. It’s very strong.” We’re sitting in their sitting room in Rathgar. The p(...)

Dubliner Fergus Linehan, director of the Edinburgh International Festival. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Rachel O’Riordan from Cork is just about to take up the job of artistic director of one of London’s major theatres, the Lyric Hammersmith, having prev(...)

Raphaela Mangan, Andrew Gavin and Rory Musgrave in Opera Collective Ireland’s   ‘The Return of Ulysses’, directed by Patrick Mason and conducted by Christian Curnyn. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

David Adams St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin Sunday September 2nd 8pm €12 087-9048190 David Adams is not just a staple of the annual or(...)

Eugene Downes: his weaknesses in Kilkenny were as clear as his strengths. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The curtain has fallen, and the Eugene Downes years at Kilkenny Arts Festival have come to an end. Musically, Downes left as he had started, with an e(...)

Emma Morwood and Andrew Gavin in The Return of Ulysses by Claudio Monteverdi. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

The Return of Ulysses  ★★★ Kilkenny Arts Festival Monteverdi, Wagner and Berg are the great opera composers most grievously under-represented on(...)

The Return of Ulysses

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was the first great opera composer. Opera Collective Ireland, whose productions give a platform to young, professional (...)

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(...)

Gavan Ring: playing his native Cahersiveen

Sunday, August 5th Tara Erraught, Gavan Ring Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, Cahersiveen; 4pm; €25; 087 2211667 Irish baritone Gavan Ring, who make(...)

New York-based Irish clarinettist Carol McGonnell played at the Airbnb International Hub on Hanover Quay

Kilkenny Arts Festival has announced full details of its 2018 programme which will run from Thursday, August 9th to Sunday, August 19th. It is the las(...)

A performance in  the Secret Garden at Butler House in Kilkenny last year. The Secret Garden series will take place twice daily at August’s festival. Photograph: Pat Moore

An open-air production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Kilkenny Castle, along with world premieres of new dance and circus performances,(...)

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