St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork will host a newly commissioned work. Image: Google Maps

What have the Easter Rising, William Shakespeare and a group that sounds as if they should be performing in Game of Thrones all got in common? Not a l(...)

For Courtney Lewis, above, Haydn is a bedrock of the repertoire. Photograph: Travis Anderson

Haydn has not been having a good time with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. A work as popular as his Clock Symphony has been neglected for more t(...)

Soldiers attend Mise Eire. George Morrison’s film showed over twenty years of Irish history, from the 1890s to 1918, through existing archive material. Its soundtrack, an orchestral score by Sean O’Riada, became hugely popular

‘Music’, announced Seán Ó Riada on that first day, “Is the organisation of ideas through sound.” We music students, in the antechamber of the Easter R(...)

Coláiste Mhuire: today the school is much changed and more progressive. It is co-educational and has moved out of the city centre.

As the countdown to the 1916 centenary celebrations gathers pace, I am reminded of the 50th anniversary celebrations in 1966 when I was a schoolboy ag(...)

Broascaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna

On Saturday night, I realised that it’s almost exactly 10 years since Ciarán Mac Mathúna’s Mo Cheol Thú aired for the last time, after being a fixture(...)

Prof John A Murphy: paid tribute to Tomás Ó Canainn.

Tributes were paid to piper, composer and teacher Tomás Ó Canainn yesterday when his friends unveiled a granite bench in memory of him next to the Gla(...)

Seán O Sé with Liam Clancy at a Saturday night dance at the Arcadia Ballroom in 1962. Photograph:  Irish Examiner
Seán Ó Sé, the legend
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Some people are legends. I had the privilege of working with one of them. Here in Cork, we often affectionately refer to him as the Pucker. We trea(...)

Composer Dave Flynn. Photograph: John O’Neill

The cross-fertilisation of musical forms is nothing new. Just ask Bach, Dave Brubeck, Chris Thile or Seán Ó Riada. Baroque music has influenced jaz(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras. The left-wing government he leads is raising important questions about Greece’s relationship with the rest of Europe. Photograph: Pantelis Saitas/EPA

Last month I attended a conference in Athens on music and national identity. There have been three in five years. We should have them in Ireland. Cre(...)

Vision for Cork: Everyman Palace’s artistic director Julie Kelleher. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Cork has always had plenty to shout about when it comes to its musical heritage. From Microdisney to Mick Flannery, Seán Ó Riada to Rory Gallagher (...)