Finbar Furey: ‘I knew I’d never be able to play the pipes as well again,’ he says of an injury to his shoulder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Finbar Furey loves the idea of his music bringing people together. This happened at the World Cup in 1994, he says, when Holland were playing Irela(...)

Mary Hampson, from Coventry in England cheers home Hurricane Fly on the final day of the Leopardstown festival in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It has been a testing week for members of the Come Home Sober syndicate. To see their horse win once at the Leopardstown festival might have been cons(...)

Frankie Gavin of De Dannan is being honoured in Verona today, but he must work most of the year abroad to make a living. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Soberingly, a couple of years ago, it emerged that 80 per cent of uilleann pipes in use by Irish traditional musicians were being manufactured (...)