Sometimes you need to get away from Irish theatre to get a clearer view of it. It’s easy to become jealous at the Divine Comedy festival in Krakow, fo(...)

Gustav Mahler recalled that ‘my friends avoided me in terror. Not a single one of them dared to speak to me about the work’. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

Mahler wrote his First Symphony in 1888. The year before, Stanford had produced his Irish symphony, and a year later, the year in which Mahler’s symph(...)

Phillipe Do and Nora Sourouzian in La Navarraise. Photograph: Clive Barda

Thérèse/La NavarraiseWexford Festival Opera***Jules Massenet (1842-1912) has been well served by Wexford Festival Opera, and this double bill of his T(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
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Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

Newcastle United’s “owner”, Mike Ashley, has his principal concern, Sports Direct, plastered all over St James’ Park. The company jumped in to the FTSE 100 in part because of United’s profile. photograph: getty images

George Bernard Shaw’s final public speech was made in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was in 1936, Shaw was 80 and he stood on the stage of the People’s Theat(...)

See here: eye exams can pick up on general health issues such as diabetes, MS or brain tumours. Photograph: Getty

All professions are conspiracies against the laity, said George Bernard Shaw. With that in mind, just how do you know your optician is telling the tru(...)

Eleanor Methven and Marty Rea in Major Barbara. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Major BarbaraAbbey Theatre****In his 1891 essay The Quintessence of Ibsenism, George Bernard Shaw argued that society is made up of three discrete typ(...)

The Gathering, the year-long programme of festivities to attract the diaspora, is a reminder of the country’s long and sometimes painful history of em(...)

Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

1. A date with D8 Take the Liberties Historical Walking Tour and brush up on the woollen district. 2. Memory lane See a chandelier rep(...)

Vincent Dowling: credited with launching Tom Hanks’s career, having directed him in a student production at California State University. Photograph: Tony Gavin

The actor and director Vincent Dowling came to national prominence as “Christy” in the long-running Raidió Éireann soap (...)

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