When poet Vincent Woods and singer Eleanor Shanley were growing up, St Columba’s Hospital in Sligo, a local psychiatric facility, was widely known as (...)

Michael Hopkins from Connemara, dancing at Saorla Seisiun in An Seisiún Bar, at the the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

It may have been a soft Sligo day but rain separated the men and women from the boys and girls at Fleadh Cheoil . As clouds hung low over Ben Bulben, (...)

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 (...)

Bryan Rooney: catalogue of ill-health left him unable to play fiddle for a time. Photograph: Brian Farrell

God knows how many Irish people living in London have, over the decades, been stopped in their tracks by familiar music wafting out the door of some e(...)