Website of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015, taking place in Sligo.

Sligo was full of people dragging wheelie suitcases and musical instruments through its streets on Sunday as Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann , “the biggest (...)

Lakagh Strawboys warm up backstage before taking part in the juvenile competitions at the Galway Mummers Festival in New Inn, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“So no more angle grinders, no black puddings, no more pots of German jam,No lumps of hairy bacon and no more wetsuits from Japan, No packs of streaky(...)

Dóirín Ó Murchú: reporter, writer, historian and musician

Dóirín Mhic Mhurchú, who has died aged 84, was a regular voice on Raidió na Gaeltachta through the 70s and 80s. She reported on matches around Waterfo(...)

Niall McArdle: ‘I have become the emigrant version of the old biddy who reads the death notices; instead of looking to see who died this week, I’m looking to see who left.’

I have a stash of Barry’s Tea recently brought to me from the old country. It’s a special treat to sip it while looking at the snow falling outside(...)

File image of the Fleadh Cheoil taking place in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The organisers of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann have bowed to pressure and rejected sponsorship of the annual traditional music festival by oil giant, She(...)

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(...)

The owners of a fine redbrick Edwardian house – one of 29 surrounding a tree-lined square in a quiet corner of Monkstown, Co Dublin – bought th(...)