Sharon Shannon. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Traditional musician Sharon Shannon and her manager John Dunford have consented before the Master of the High Court to a judgment for €520,000 being r(...)

Live pub recordings sometimes yield a mixed bag that can run the gamut from high-octane energy to raucous and ragged come-all-ye’s. The Burren Back(...)

President Michael D. Higgins is on a week-long visit to China. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins shared a stage with musician Sharon Shannon and her band, the poet Paula Meehan, erhu player Sun Huang and cellist Zhao Xu(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife  Sabina Higgins are shown around the Forbidden City in  Beijing. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins began his high-profile state visit to China with a tour of the Forbidden City at the heart of the capital Beijing, on a mi(...)

Kicking off last year’s Kilkenny Tradfest: Dervish, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Phil Coulter and more are in town for this year’s festival. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

You didn’t get a float ready in time; you’ve had your fill of vintage cars and floral tractors; green doesn’t suit you or crowds don’t agree with y(...)

Julie Feeney: ‘Any opportunity to refresh our approach to life is good by me.’

It’s that time of year again. As the final bars of Auld Lang Syne fade into the distance, a list of New Year’s resolutions will be drawn up.Some will (...)

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(...)

Seamus Heaney, who died last month: Up to 12 writers will read from his works in sequence to mark the fact that the Nobel laureate was “such a great friend” of the Clifden Community Arts Festival, according to its director Brendan Flynn.

Poets and artists will participate in an “intimate remembrance service” tomorrow for the late Seamus Heaney as part of this year’s Clifden Community A(...)

Plate-spinners, poets and playwrights will participate in this year’s Clifden Community Arts Festival, which published its programme in Connemara yest(...)

PJ Harvey is among those participating in the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas.

More than 500 competitors are expected to take part in An Ras Mor in Cork Harbour tomorrow as part of this year’s extended Ocean to City Maritime Fest(...)