Sam Amidon is trying his hardest to rein in his inner fanboy, but it’s impossible. He just can’t help it. “I mean, Martin Hayes, ” he says with the(...)

Small but perfectly formed, this live recording clocks in at a modest 28 minutes, an object lesson in the less-is-more school of traditional music.(...)

Trad’s evolutionary qualities are alive and in evidence in this latest incarnation of Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan. With a few relative newcomers aboard (...)

Sean McKeon: To the City
  • Music
  • July 19, 2013, 00:00

Chutzpah and bravado propel piper Seán McKeon’s solo debut. His is a muscular, sculpted sound, characterised by notes chiselled out of thin air wit(...)

Smoke breathing dragons roaming through Eyre Square in Galway for the opening of the Galway Arts Festival. Dragons is presented by one of Europe’s most exciting outdoor theatre companies, the world famous Sarruga from Barcelona. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Demonic dragons, flying trapeze and trampoline artists and a “dream engine” heliosphere envelope the streets of Galway over the next fortnight as the (...)

 Caroline Kennedy, only surviving daughter of former US President John F Kennedy,  launching the JFK Homecoming multimedia exhibition at the National Library of Ireland yesterday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

President John F Kennedy promised to return to Ireland during his euphoric homecoming visit in 1963. Felled by an assassin’s bullet later that year, h(...)