Sean Hughes: ‘In London, once we took off the balaclavas there was a certain hipness to being a Celt.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m bringing Penguins to Ireland for three nights in April – not literally, like the two wo(...)

Luke Kelly performing in a London club circa 1964. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns

Luke Kelly died 30 years ago today, aged just 43. His legacy consists of his own achievements, and his influence, which lives on in the intonations of(...)

Michael Legge, Hugh O'Conor, Peter McDonald, Andrew Scott, Andrew Bennett and Brian Gleeson in 'The Stag'

Hugh O’Conor mentions the fact while we are arranging coffee and cake. So, I presume he won’t mind me repeating it here. The fresh-faced star of My(...)

Elusive: Rory Kinnear as Lord Lucan and Catherine McCormack as his wife, Veronica

Lord Lucan’s story has all the ingredients for a cracking good drama. In 1974 the raffish peer’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, was found bludgeoned to death i(...)

A protest outside  Dunnes Stores on Henry Street in Dublin

In the early 1980s, when Nelson Mandela was still in captivity and had been out of the world’s view for decades, little was known about him by the gen(...)

Corkman Ger Wolfe has earned the respect and devotion of his peers without ever scoring a No 1 hit or becoming a household name. If Wolfe’s seventh(...)

From the heart: Christy Moore

Christy Moore is thinking about the songs he never wrote. The ones that remained unfinished, the ones that resisted polishing, the ones that failed to(...)

The Red House, Youghal, Co Cork

“Look!” says Helen Keane as she shifts a rug on the floor at the Red House. “When we lifted the old carpets this is what we found.” She has exposed a (...)

British and Irish Lions baggage master  Rala O’Reilly with Donncha O'Callaghan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Enjoy all of this, guys, because blink and it will be over’. It was the eve of the Grand Slam match against Wales in the Millennium Stadium. We were (...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
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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.(...)

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