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 (...)

Robert Thomson in rehearsals for The Nutcracker at the Cork Opera House

‘It won’t be a nostalgia-fest,” says Alan Foley at the Firkin Crane dance centre in Cork. Listening to him describe this weekend’s reunion forum fo(...)

American author Suzanne Strempek Shea (l) with Mags Riordan, the subject of her new book, and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Strempek Shea will be reading at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Photograph: Suzanne Strempek Shea

A tribute to composer Seán Ó Riada by musicians Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and Mel Mercier and Druid Theatre’s latest Tom Murphy productions are among hig(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

Completists will savour many facets of Seán Ó Riada’s musical genius in this surprise collection of previously unreleased archive keyboard recordings.(...)