President Michael D Higgins and  Roger Doyle at a ceremony honouring the composer as a Saoi in Aosdána, in recognition of  outstanding achievement in the arts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Composer Roger Doyle, a member of Aosdána since 1986, has been been awarded the organisation’s highest honour. He was elected a Saoi earlier this year(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

Poet Micheal O’Sidheal at home at Trimleston Avenue, Booterstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Being shown around a house by a poet is quite a different experience to viewing it with an estate agent. While the latter tend to talk about square (...)