Traditional music recordings from the early 20th century were largely dominated by renowned Sligo fiddle players Michael Coleman and James Morrison(...)

A coroner has warned of the dangers of taking ecstasy after hearing evidence of how two friends died as a result of taking a lethal concoction of the synthetic drug mixed with a variant known on the streets as “Death”

A coroner has warned of the dangers of taking ecstasy after hearing evidence of how two friends died as a result of taking a lethal concoction (...)

The judge said society must express its abhorrence of drugs crimes and the deaths they cause.

Four people involved in the supply of a lethal concoction of drugs to two young men who later died after ingesting the ecstasy type mixture hav(...)

Four people involved in the supply of a lethal concoction of drugs to two young men who later died have been remanded in custody for sentence.

Four people involved in the supply of a lethal concoction of drugs to two young men who later died have been remanded in custody for sentence.(...)

Reference archive: singer Eddie Butcher at Féile na Bóinne in 1977. Photograph: Joe Dowdall/ITMA
Thinking outside the squeeze box

A quarter of a century is a long time by anyone’s reckoning. Governments form and fall, families begin and grow up, and artists come and go, their rep(...)

A Sligo Live trad session in McHughs. Photograph: Declan Courell

Traditional music is showing a remarkable resistance to the recession. Albums are tumbling from mixing desks, live (though largely unpaid) sessions ar(...)

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 (...)

Banned drugs: five interceptions to the tune of ¤2 million last year suggest the involvement of gangs

High-profile public health scares and a number of fatalities related to the use of banned synthetic drugs have done little to curb demand for the subs(...)

John Kehoe (left) and James Connolly stack turf to dry on a bog near Portarlington, Co Laois. Bord na Móna says sales of peat briquettes have risen by nearly half on 2012 figures. Photograph: Alan Betson

The cold snap isputting increased pressure on Bord na Móna, with demand for peat briquettes increasing 67 per cent in March. Bord na Móna(...)