Rory Gallagher playing with Taste in Denmark in 1970. Photograph: Jorgen Angel/Redferns

What have the showbands ever done for us? Bob Geldof is of the opinion that the Irish showband phenomenon – which featured predominantly throughout(...)

Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)

  Seán Cavanagh celebrates Tyrone’s victory over Monaghan with team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone, Tyrone: who cannot take some sly delight from the irrepressible talent the Red Hand team has for the getting under the skin of the establishme(...)

Hozier performs on ABC’s Good Morning America recently: musicians following in the Wicklowman’s footsteps face an environment where record sales are falling dramatically. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Irish music industry is said to be worth over €470 million annually to the economy. It supports around 11,500 jobs across the island, both directl(...)

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearthy closes in on Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“Who else do you want to be playing?” said Keith Higgins, throwing the question right back at us. So Mayo-Dublin comes to pass, certainly answering so(...)

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher  described Mayo as “a team in the prime of their health” Photo: INPHO/James Crombie

The load of games clearly took some toll on his team, and yet Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has refused to use that as any excuse. Mayo were superior(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte evades the close attention of Sligo’s Keelan Cawley in the All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round B, which Tyrone won. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tyrone have announced one change for Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Ulster champions Monaghan at Croke Park. Corner back Cathal M(...)

Ryan McHugh celebrates his goal in Donegal’s Championship win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Football has followed the pattern of hurling in this year’s championship by underlining the accuracy of league rankings. It was noticeable in this yea(...)

Donegal captain Michael Murphy caused Galway’s defence plenty of problems during the  All-Ireland round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For the Donegal footballer coming to Croke Park is an explainable joy. They have climbed from the northern trenches where Tyrone, Armagh, Derry and Mo(...)

Colm McFadden looks on as Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty scores his side’s opening goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 3-12 Galway 0-11 Twenty eight scoreless minutes notwithstanding, the growing theory that Donegal are a team past their peak can be mome(...)