Storm Ophelia passing Porthcawl in Wales. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

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 Kerry fans with a flag supporting Kieran Donaghy in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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Jesca Hoop  was raised in a strict Mormon household in California but left the church when she was 16 and began living the life of a wanderer. She is now on her sixth solo album, “Memories Are Now”

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Chris de Burgh playing Berlin’s Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala in  December 2014. Photograph: Franziska Krug/Getty Images

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Bono shows his appreciation to the Croke Park crowd during U2's 360 Tour performance in July 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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Heathers kick-started their careers when their music was featured on Discover Ireland campaigns

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Mick Flannery has been commended for his storytelling ability, and he has earned similar reputation for introspection. For his fifth album, the Corkm(...)

A premier performance by a new traditional supergroup featuring Planxty and Moving Hearts founder member Donal Lunny is among the highlights of this year’s Cork Folk Festival . File photoraph: Bryan O’Brien

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