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(...)

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

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has been criticised for accepting sponsorship for next week’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann from oil company Shell, which has(...)

The latest tourism figures show a worrying drop in the numbers on the island choosing the North as a destination stay.  Photograph: PA

If you live in the Republic and are thinking about taking a little break it’s unlikely you are planning on heading North. The same is true if you live(...)

Revellers at Electric Picnic 2013 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

If you awoke Celine Dion violently in the middle of the night while wearing a balaclava, making threatening demands that she leave the country with yo(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
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Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

Fighting talk: Joe Ó Muircheartaigh  in Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

“There’s hope in the air,” declares Jim O’Sullivan as the bunting goes up all around him in Shannon’s Skycourt centre, “and God knows we can’t say the(...)

Crowds flocked to Guildhall Square for the launch of the world’s largest celebration of Irish culture in Derry – the first time in its 62-year history the Fleadh Cheoil has been held in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bernard Ward/PA

Nomenclature can be sensitive. So it takes a brave initiative to tackle the Derry/Londonderry split head-on under the banner of the UK City of Cultur(...)

The Children in Crossfire charity attempt on the  World Riverdance record, in  which  2,569 dancers took part. Photograph: Trevor McBride

An estimated 430,000 people including 20,000 musicians and dancers have swarmed Derry for what organisers have said is the biggest fleadh ever.The cro(...)

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