Participants in  Young Blood. “It’s a good snapshot of Ireland in a moment in time”

On a bitterly cold Wednesday afternoon in Dublin in the foyer of the National Concert Hall, Karen Walshe, the artistic director at the St Patrick’s Fe(...)

Karl Jenkins: one critic has described him as classical music’s “Marmite Man”

For several weeks recently, my Dublin neighbourhood was mystified (or at least I was mystified on its behalf) by a daily broadcast of the Muslim call (...)

The cast and production team of ‘Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli’ collecting their award at last year’s   event. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Voting in the Audience Choice prize for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards closes at midnight this evening. The awards celebrate the best plays, per(...)

Bono shows his appreciation to the Croke Park crowd during U2's 360 Tour performance in July 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sometimes, as Sean Spicer is finding out in the White House, it’s the simple questions which are the hardest to answer. For music fans, and especiall(...)

Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster, is being celebrated at a two-week festival of culinary, cultural, musical and sporting events in Dublin

Chinese New Year 2017 is being marked in Dublin by a two-week festival to celebrate the arrival of the year of the rooster. The 10th Dublin Chinese Ne(...)

Irish Times Irish  Theatre Awards judges Ella Daly, Nicholas Grene and Anna Walsh on stage at the Abbey Theatre this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was a significant year, 2016, a period of commemoration when the Easter Rising seemed to rise and rise again. Incentivised by a splurge of State fu(...)

 Ella Daly, Nicholas Grene and Anna Walsh on stage at the Abbey Theatre, ahead of the announcement of the shortlists for the 2016 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Special Tribute award at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards will be given to Siobhán Bourke and Jane Daly of the Irish Theatre Institute(...)

Benjamin Hulett: soloist sounded at all times as if he owned the music.

The Irish public, it seems, can never get enough of Handel’s Messiah. It’s bankable for choral societies at any time of the year, though the tradition(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Simon Taylor, chief executive of the National Concert Hall, Dublin. “For Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms, we’re going to put a musician in a room and get people to come in, one or two at a time and listen to one piece.”

NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL Dublin, March Simon Taylor, chief executive, National Concert Hall How are your preparations going? Some of the smaller-scale ev(...)

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