Andy Irvine

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Tom Coll. Photograph: Lille Eiger

Fontaines DC drummer Tom Coll is in a fancy-looking apartment in London with a visual background of a record player and a stack of vinyl albums, and a(...)

Paul Moynihan, with his son Jack Francis, outside his pub in Donard, Co Wicklow: “It was just a dark hole, with no light at the end of it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On Sunday, March 15th, last year, O’Donoghue’s pub in Merrion Row in Dublin closed early. At that stage, the Government had requested rather than ord(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg celebrates scoring a try against England at Murrayfield last month with Finn Russell. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Back in 2008, Stuart Hogg was playing for the Scottish Under-17s against their English counterparts in Netherdale, home to Gala RFC. Borders territory(...)

Best of 2020: top album-makers

The year of the pandemic produced outstanding, thoughtful music across all forms Top 10 lists from the votes of Joe Breen, Louise Bruton, Tony C(...)

Shot through this third collection from Mozaik is a visceral love of the other, of the music and songs that know no borders. The brainchild of Andy Ir(...)

It’s a Saturday afternoon and the Birmingham Hippodrome is a hive of activity. The theatre is celebrating its 120th birthday and locals are dropping i(...)

Jim Walsh and William Hammond (centre in light blue shirts) have been organising the Cork Folk Festival on a voluntary basis over the last 40 years. Photograph: Tony O’Connell photography

It was the year of the Pope’s visit, Maggie Thatcher becoming British Prime Minister and the Boomtown Rats making No 1 in the UK Charts with Rat Trap (...)

Moving Hearts

SATURDAY 6TH Traidphicnic An Ceardlann, Spiddal, all weekend The community festival of music, art and theatre is now in its eighth (...)

Brothers Brian and Diarmuid MacGloinn release their second album in under two years and it’s a cavern of delights. The duo are central to the recent f(...)

The Musicians Union of Ireland called on its members to attend a protest at RTÉ, organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which called for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Israel this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Palestinian rights campaigners have protested outside RTÉ against the broadcaster’s decision to participate in this year’s Eurovision in Israel. A pe(...)

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