If the EU had placed more emphasis on the importance of culture during its foundation, perhaps it might be a “better union” than at present, President Michael D Higgins has said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

If the EU had placed more emphasis on the importance of culture during its foundation, perhaps it might be a “better union” than at present, President(...)

Traditional Musician of the Year Máirtín O’Connor

Over the past 17 years, TG4’s annual Gradam Ceoil Awards have made it their business to train a spotlight on a handful of those who have pushed the(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

The ageless quality of Andy Irvine’s voice wends its way through this celebration, recorded during two concerts in June 2012 to mark his 70th birth(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

A salute to Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Belinda Lawley/Southbank Centre

In the darkness, on the bank of the Thames, Seamus Heaney’s voice, one so recently gone, filled the hall, “Between my finger and my thumb. The squat p(...)

Piper Liam O’Flynn (left) with artist Shane Gilmore and American couple Judith and Barry Merrill who donated the statue at the unveiling in Miltown Malbay on Saturday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Hundreds of people at the weekend braved showers rolling in from the Atlantic over the village of Miltown Malbay to witness piper Liam O’Flynn unveil (...)

Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham

Back in 2001, I travelled to India with Irish trad-meets-jazz supergroup Khanda, to make a television documentary for RTÉ on their collaboration with(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

A piper leading the funeral of Seamus Heaney through Bellaghy yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seamus Heaney was laid to rest yesterday evening in a country churchyard in south Derry under the shade of sycamore and ash trees.“May the green sods (...)