Captivated by an idea: dancers tap out the ‘Heartbeat of Home’. Photograph: Jim Byrne

In a dark studio on a sunny day, the composer Brian Byrne and a couple of engineers are working on a recording. They’ve had some late nights. They’re (...)

 Fiona Kirwan from Sallynoggin gets into the swing of things at the Knockanstockan festival yesterday.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s most picturesque music festival kicked off yesterday evening in a breathtaking setting beside Blessington Lakes in Co Wicklow. Knocka(...)

 The remains of murdered brothers Tom and Jack Blaine are carried from The Church Of The Holy Rosary after funeral mass in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, by family members today. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

“Around the town he laid kisses,Soft and wet they glistened on windows and doorframes,They were his gifts, each one a puckered blessing,Bent into a sw(...)

Fun get ready to party

Rewind a moment to the Song of the Year at this year’s Grammys. It was Fun’s We Are Young . (...)