Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

World's harpists flock here

World's harpists flock here

More than 1,000 musicians, officials and delegates have assembled in Dublin for the week-long Ninth World Harp Congress, which begins today.

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The piano takes pride of place at the MBNA Shannon International Music Festival from July 20 to 24, with keyboard lovers able to look forward to concerts at lunchtime, in the evening and late at night by candlelight.

Huge demand for Farmleigh Prom tickets

Huge demand for Farmleigh Prom tickets

The RTE Farmleigh Proms have been a "phenomenal" success since their introduction three years ago, according to Niall Doyle, executive director of RTE Performing Groups.

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It's string-time in Dublin with the harp and guitar in turn dominating musical matters for a good chunk of this month.

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Ireland's young musicians are gearing up for a summertime blitz of the country.

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The West Cork Music Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary, flies its flag proudly as part of Cork's reign as European Capital of Culture.

Black day at Burgh Quay

Black day at Burgh Quay

May 1995 was the start of a long hot summer. The Celtic Tiger was still a year down the road, but the cafe society decided to arrive on its own.

Budget Travel sales claim angers agents

Budget Travel sales claim angers agents

A row between the country's biggest package tour operator and the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has escalated, following the firm's move away from using travel agents in favour of internet bookings.

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A series of five lectures on the development of contemporary music begins at the Irish Museum of Modern Art next Thursday.

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Michael Nyman, one of the world's biggest names in film soundtrack music, returns to Ireland this week with a full ensemble to perform his most significant works.

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The knocking down of the Capital Cinema, formerly the La Scala Opera House, in Dublin in 1972 was an act of institutional vandalism that set the scene for the decades-long decline - now happily reversed – of Dublin city centre.

Mozartian magic at the Gaiety

Mozartian magic at the Gaiety

Opera Ireland (OI) opens its nine-day spring season in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, next Saturday with a lavish production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

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West Cork Music has worked wonders through the years and its European Quartet Week, which takes place every day this week up to Saturday, is a mouth-watering feast of music.

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West Cork Music has worked wonders through the years and its European Quartet Week, which takes place every day this week up to Saturday, is a mouth-watering feast of music.

Competitive holiday insurance goes online

Competitive holiday insurance goes online

The competitive holiday insurance market in Ireland is hotting up with the arrival of a new online facility.