Hundreds of students gather outside the Hole in the Wall pub in Galway city for the annual ’Donegal Tuesday’ event. Photograph: C2 Security

Hundreds of students queued outside a Galway city pub on Tuesday morning ahead of an annual Donegal themed event. Donegal Tuesday, held on the second (...)

Michael O’Brien: ‘We decided to create a new literature for Irish children that didn’t exist. The area was dominated by the British, to the extent that they were reinventing Irish culture with very corny Oirish things, while Irish writers, in order to get published, were becoming Anglophile.’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

It’s a publishing house that has pushed boundaries and set new standards in the Irish book world for 40 years, but O’Brien Press was founded in sur(...)

Country music star Lisa McHugh with Irish music legends Foster and Allen at the launch of the Irish TV autumn schedule in Dublin. Photograph: Andres Poveda

“Is this going to be wall-to-wall Killinaskully?” That’s what a friend asked Irish TV chief executive Pierce O’Reilly about his autumn schedule. Rathe(...)

Popular BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson has died after a long illness. He was 69. Photograph: BBC Radio Ulster.

Northern Ireland is lamenting the loss of the great subversive, and often surrealistic, broadcaster Gerry Anderson who has died aged 69. Anderson was (...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

Daniel O’Donnell sings his own composition  Beyond the Rainbow’s End at his mother’s graveside. Photograph: Trevor McBride

The tiny Donegal village came to a standstill yesterday as local people gathered for the funeral of Julia O’Donnell, the mother of singer Daniel O’Don(...)

 Julia O’Donnell: died in Dungloe Hospital this morning.  Photograph: Eoin Mc Garvey

Singer Daniel O’Donnell has announced the death of his 94-year-old mother Julia this morning. Mrs O’Donnell passed away at 3.50am as her family kept a(...)

New figures lodged by Daniel O’Donnell’s company Brockwell Ltd show it recorded a profit of €64,041 for 2012.  Photograph: Frank Miller

An entertainment firm co-owned by Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell increased its accumulated profits to €2.075 million in 2012 after two years o(...)

Singer Daniel O’Donnell who announced on his website this morning that he is planning to take a break from performing.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Singer Daniel O’Donnell is to take a break from music next year to spend more time with his wife who is being treated for cancer. In a(...)

Nathan Carter: “Two or three years ago, there were young people all over Ireland who had never been to a country gig and probably thought it was very uncool. Now venues are filled with mixed-age groups”

In many ways, he is the “everyman” musician – at least to a certain type of Irish audience. In conversation, he is polite, friendly, easygoing; on (...)