Andy Irvine

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The Luke Kelly statue by Dublin artist Vera Klute is lowered into place on Sherrif Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Kelly

You wait years for a Luke Kelly statue, and then two of them come along at once. Tomorrow, the city unveils two separate sculptures, on either side of(...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

Dreaming in Blue Until February 14th Harry Clarke’s dreamy The Eve of Saint Agnes is at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, but you can see his wonderful waterco(...)

Stars of 2018: Slow Moving clouds,Louise Mulcahy, Pauline Scanlan, Raddie Peat and Zoë Conway
A piping hot 2018 for trad
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  • December 8, 2018, 05:00

The year got off to a flying start with Na Píobairí Uilleann’s concert, The Sound of Ireland, in the Abbey Theatre. A celebration of Unesco’s inclusio(...)

‘This is a gig, but this isn’t a gig’: Ed Sheeran introduces the night to an audience of 400 at the London Irish Centre in Camden on Tuesday.

In a green-lit building in the well-to-do end of Camden, the ladies toilet says “Cailíní”, the gents says “Buachaillí”. We’re most certainly in the Lo(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann pipes were at his core, and he inhabited them like nobody before him ever had. Photograph: David Sleator

Traditional music lost one of its finest exponents with the passing of Liam O’Flynn. He was, without question, the most significant figure in uilleann(...)

Liam O’Flynn’s abilities first came to prominence as a member of the cutting-edge trad-folk band Planxty.

There has been a sad sense of anticipation leading up to the passing of Liam O’Flynn, or Liam Óg Ó Floinn as he was often referred to, amongst those w(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann-pipe virtuoso in 1998. Photograph: David Sleator

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to master uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn who has died at the age of 72 having endured a long illness. He w(...)

 Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Danny Boy heard the pipes calling, from glen to glen and down the mountain side, they were of course war pipes: not to be confused with the uille(...)

Declan O’Rourke: “There are very few songs about the famine. Musically, I think it was skipped over.” Photograph: Dara Munnis

Some 15 years – or in reality – three generations in gestation, Declan O’Rourke takes another bold step along his picaresque creative path with the re(...)

Alison O’Donnell: has just released her second solo album Climb Sheer the Fields of Peace

In another life, Alison O’Donnell may have been a household name. We could have been meeting in an upmarket restaurant that she had been chauffeured t(...)

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