Freezing a flower in liquid nitrogen at the Science Gallery, Dublin. The Science Gallery was designed with a complementary project in mind, says its founding director. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s failure to open a science centre, despite all the talk of “the knowledge economy”, is remarkable. The absence sets Dublin apart from most Eu(...)

Mark in the manger: the A-listers look less than thrilled

Bah Humbug! It’s getting increasingly difficult to maintain a stoney defiance to all things Christmassy, but I’m doing my best. I hit the National (...)

Alan and Valerie Kingston, owners of Glenilen Farm, with their children, Sally (12), Grace (10) and Ben (7), at their family farm. Photographs:Emma Jervis
Married to the job

When Jamie and Lisa Cobbe gave up jobs in Dublin to start a business together in the west, they had to learn to speak to each other as colleagues – no(...)

Connor McKeon: never gets enough sleep.

Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle?Yes, I do. I’m kept on my toes with young children; they keep me fit. I play Gaelic football with Lucan Sars(...)

Marin Alsop: ‘I imagine it’s like when someone has a religious calling, and they just somehow get this lightning bolt’

As Marin Alsop tells it, it’s rather like a fairy tale. She went to one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts at the age of nine, and had an (...)

‘Applause between movements? Whenever I hear it, I welcome it, because I take it to mean that there’s someone in the hall who probably hasn’t been to a classical concert before.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Do you remember the first time you went to a classical concert? And how you viewed its peculiar rituals and formalities? Nobody talks during the music(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
An A-Z of music in Ireland
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  • October 19, 2013, 01:00

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.(...)

 Multicultural Irish dancing troupe from the Bronx, New York preparing to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin. Culture Ireland, the agency responsible for promoting Irish arts abroad has had its budget cut by 20 per cent to €2.5 million. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the National Concert Hall have taken significant cuts in this year’s budget as the Department of Arts, Heritage (...)

Nora Sourouzian  and Brian Mulligan in dress rehearsals for Thérèse. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When I was young, six or seven, I saw part of a film being shot in the Phoenix Park. It turned out to be about the most unglamorous thing you could im(...)

Man with the golden flute: James Galway’s gala night is at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lifetime-achievement awards? Some recipients are embarrassed by them. Others are sniffy about them. Many are mortified by the shovelfuls of obituary-s(...)

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