The high priest of Co Mayo

Heading whesht to Mayo for the Westport Festival of Music and Food, I was a bit apprehensive. Not only had we been spoiled by the bash in Ballinlough,(...)

Sophie Ellis Bextor wows fan at Westport Festival at the weekend. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Pirate queen Grace O’Malley would “most certainly approve” of the shenanigans in the grounds of historic Westport House over the weekend. That is acco(...)

Animal magic: Slow Magic at Body & Soul

‘What is a caribou anyway? Is it one of those big moosey type things?” asked Tom as we headed for a mid-morning settler, discussing the best plan of a(...)

The Beach Boys with Al Jardine (second from left) and Brian Wilson (centre) in November 1964. Thetwo will play together in Cork next month. Photograph: Getty Images

Fans of legendary group The Beach Boys are in for a treat next month with the news that original founding member, Al Jardine is to join his old bandma(...)

Dolly Parton is one of the artists due to play in  the 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which continue until July 22nd.  Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which got underway last night, continue to grow in strength, with ticket sales often outperformi(...)

Between now and September, a weekend will not pass without a festival or big music show of some stripe or other to tempt you with its wares. The bi(...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, Dublin. Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland, pro(...)

Marti Pellow: ‘What a classy pop song [Love Is All Around] – it never ceases to amaze me.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

In the summer of 1994, Marti Pellow’s toes ruled the airwaves. It was the year that Wet Wet Wet topped the charts for 15 straight weeks with their (...)

They’re laughing now, but if they miss the early-bird tickets, they’ll be sick as parrots

It’s getting to that stage in Silly Season when the prospect of going to a shop to do something as simple as buying a packet of Meanies and a bottle o(...)