Gerald Barry

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Gerald Barry: ‘It was lucky that Salome was cancelled. I revised it. I added to it and I was able to make fairly radical changes to it’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

A month before the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, Gerald Barry’s opera Alice’s Adventures Under Ground had its first s(...)

Michael Pisaro-Liu: ‘It had to do with this particular blending of environmental sound and sort of imagined music you might experience when you wake up’

The Buffalo, New York-born composer and guitarist Michael Pisaro-Liu has written a lot of quiet music. Music where silence is not what you get when th(...)

Paul Reid: ‘We need to turn this tide again asap and repeat doing the basics. Please wear your mask appropriately, come forward for your booster or primary vaccine and isolate if [you have] symptoms.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The Minister for Health has said the extra transmissibility of the BA.2 variant means “quite extreme measures” would be needed to contain it. Stephe(...)

The number of people getting sick with Covid and the level of disruption the virus is continuing to cause is very, very high. Photograph: iStock

Almost 24,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Ireland on Tuesday, one of the highest daily numbers since the start of the pandemic more than tw(...)

Andrew Byrne contracted Covid in November and December 2021

Andrew Byrne (25) contracted Covid-19 for the first time in November but had very mild symptoms and thought he had “cheated Covid”. A month and a half(...)

Ireland is in the top handful of European states for vaccination. File photograph: Getty

Why does Ireland have so many Covid-19 cases when so many people are vaccinated and have had booster doses? That’s a good question, which attempts we(...)

Dr Gerald Barry suggests  a variant with the “severity of Delta and the immune evasion of Omicron” might be a worst case scenario but  the Government should be preparing for it.

Covid-19 will still be around for the whole of 2022 but anti-viral drugs and better planning could lessen its impact, experts have said. The world en(...)

The Omicron variant accounts for two-thirds of confirmed Irish cases, so there is no room for complacency even if Christmas is a relentless push towards socialisation. Photograph: iStock

There are shocking indications of Covid-19 reinfection at present. The virus is affecting those who have previously had Covid-19 and also people who h(...)

Dublin Airport: All arrivals into the State - whether vaccinated or not - will need a clear Covid test result from Friday onwards. Photograph: iStock

The introduction of a Covid-19 testing regime for people coming to Ireland will add significantly to the cost of in-bound international travel but is (...)

A rapid antigen test for Covid-19 showing a negative result at a testing centre in a metro station in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

Pharmacies are experiencing a “considerable” rise in sales of home antigen tests, with demand expected to increase in the run-up to Christmas, accordi(...)

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