Emile Sande poses ahead of her performance tonight.  Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Guinness

Over 1,000 music artists are performing at 500 venues across the country this evening as part of the fifth annual Arthur’s Day celebration. Manic Stre(...)

Peter O’Brien of Diageo, who is chairman of the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, said that Arthur’s Day was “a celebration of the Irish pub” as well as of the food, drink and entertainment that existed there and it deserved support.

Blaming Arthur’s Day for Ireland’s problematic relationship with alcohol is unfair and Diageo will continue to invest in the event as long as the pub(...)