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 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,(...)

The late Willie Meighan of Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny

Willie Meighan, the owner of Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny, and a prominent figure in music, has died after living with cancer for a year, it was (...)

The late Willie Meighan of Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny

Speaking to people about their passion and their time spent working in music is a pleasure, but all the talk of work evaporates in the face of life-ch(...)

Nerney Journey at Inniskeen Countryfest

Towards the end of some performances, Tommy Tiernan takes on the role of a ringmaster, grinning maniacally as he conducts audiences in a singsong: (...)