‘A truly international series of concerts in Croke Park and around the country with artists such as Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Vedran Smailovic (above) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a rich mix of Irish and “world” music, literature and visual image would show that Ireland is no insular, introspective island on the edge of Europe but an open-minded, creative force for true independence of spirit and action.’ Photograph:  EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images

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Television presenter Megan Cassidy  with Keelin Duggan (left) and Joey Kearney at the launch of the 30-day Waterford ‘Winterval’ festival, which   begins on November 29th. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

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