Irish adults attending festivals this summer will spend an average of €316. Above, Electric Picnic last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Adults attending Irish festivals this summer will spend, on average, €316 each according to a study by sponsorship agency Livewire and Ignite market r(...)

Mike Mahony and Marion Casey make the most of the sunshine between the showers on O’Connell Square in Ennis at the Fleadh. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Ennis has responded to a four-decade gap in hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann by delivering “a phenomenal” event. That is according to John O’Conno(...)

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Massive numbers have been attending St Patrick’s Day festivities around Ireland, helped along by sunshine and relatively excellent weather in many par(...)

Wexford Opera House. The city’s opera festival is to receive €110,000

Fáilte Ireland will provide more than €1.8 million to fund 23 “key” events and festivals throughout the country this year as part of the Government’s (...)

Sligo’s losses don’t include whatever the council will have to pay in legal fees from the Lissadell House case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A local government auditor has questioned why loss-making Sligo County Council spent €15,000 sending a four-person delegation to the US on an eight-da(...)

Barry Conaty, from Cavan, who is performing four times at fleadh on flute, tin whistle, piano and duet. Photograph: James Connolly

The music, laughter and craic will be hard to avoid in Sligo town this weekend as more than 250,000 people from all corners of the earth descend for t(...)

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 (...)

The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said it is not reasonable that the asylum process should go on for years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Catholic bishop has accused the Government of cynicism in its treatment of asylum seekers while at the same time appealing for an amnesty for illega(...)

Host Daithí Ó Sé with Dublin Rose Roisin Lyons prepare for the Rose of Tralee Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
What’s on for the weekend

The Merriman Summer SchoolThe Merriman Summer School continues in Glór, Ennis, Co Clare until Sunday. Emotional Life in Ireland is the theme, and ther(...)

Pat Cahill and John McGrath at Dingle Bay in Co Kerry with the captured wild mountain goat that will be crowned King Puck. Photograph: Don Macmonagle

Festival Cluain MealaOn Sunday, festivalgoers will take over the centre of Clonmel, Co Tipperary for a family medieval and music day. Mundy and other (...)

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