With the patronage of Nanci Griffith and Damien Dempsey and the production nous of the experienced Mitchell Froom under her belt, Nicole Maguire’s(...)

“1916 always seemed like this huge mythical thing for me”: Jimmy Sheeran and John Colbert

History always remembers the big events and the important names, but the stories of the bit players should not be forgotten. This viewpoint was the st(...)

Amid the commemorative events marking the 1916 centenary, Rising makes an intriguing contribution with its collection of human stories. James Sh(...)

Ashford Castle in winter

Make hay in Cork If you’ve been responsible for feeding the troops all over Christmas, it’s time to sit back and let someone else do the cookin(...)

Seamus Begley, long-associated with the box and possessor of one of the tradition’s tenderest voices, has set his accordion aside so those songs ca(...)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl in New York last week. Foo Fighters play Slane Castle on Saturday, May 30th, with gates open from 2pm. Photograph:  John Lamparski/Getty Images

Music fans going to Slane Castle for the Foo Fighters concert have been warned to bring their rain gear. Heavy rain is forecast across the country on(...)

The Europa Hotel in Belfast: The trip promises a stay at the hotel “which was bombed and refurbished a staggering 28 times during the Troubles”. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Funds of Sinn Féin, sorry, Friends of Sinn Féin recently alerted American subscribers to its mailing list about a 1916- themed trip to the Auld Sod. “(...)

James Vincent McMorrow. Photograph: Ben Houdijk

In the Irish music industry, 2014 will be remembered as a golden year. Now I know you’ve heard that before, but this year has been exceptional. Whi(...)

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revolution arrived at lunchtime, and if it didn’t quite manage to park the tanks on Leinster Lawn, it rolled them up within earshot of the corr(...)

‘I’m not political, but the Irish nation has now been forced to be (political) and to come out on the streets,’ Glen Hansard said .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Not content to let the politicians take centre-stage at Wednesday’s anti-water charge protest, a number of well known musicians also converged on Dubl(...)