Christy Moore

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Noel Hill: kicked in the head so hard that his left eye socket was pushed into his skull.  Photograph: noelhill.com

The fame of Noel Hill in Irish traditional music circles had earned him at least two notable mentions in song. One was on Christy Moore’s comic master(...)

Kevin Rowland: one of those interviewed in  “Trouble Songs: Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland” by Stuart Bailie. Photograph: Steve Thorne/Redferns

The Northern arts world is marking the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement with a range of expressions including film, music, poetry, literary r(...)

The late David Kavanagh

U2’s first booking agent David Kavanagh, who went on to manage Clannad and Celtic Woman to global success, has died at the age of 62. Mr Kavanagh di(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s players celebrate their Grand Slam and Triple Crown success after the win over England at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised his group of “ordinary men” after a brilliant 24-15 win over England secured just a third Grand Slam in the nat(...)

Musicians Neil Martin and Christy Moore were among those to carry the coffin of uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn at his funeral in Kill, Co Kildare.  . Photograph: Alan Betson

Liam O’Flynn “understood simplicity in a way few people did. He understood space. He understood silence,” recalled the late uileann piper’s friend and(...)

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(...)

James Ryan: “There is more expected of you at this level. The game itself, it’s quicker . . .The physicality is huge. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There’s living the dream and, well, there’s leaving the dream. Ever since he was knee high to a grasshopper, which is difficult to imagine admittedl(...)

 Stormont is seen at night, in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin and the DUP had agreed a mechanism that would have prevented disputes between the parties from immediately collapsing the Northern Ireland E(...)

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