If there really is a heaven somewhere, complete with pearly gates, I suspect that new arrivals will be welcomed there to the trumpeted strains of Gall(...)

Broascaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna

On Saturday night, I realised that it’s almost exactly 10 years since Ciarán Mac Mathúna’s Mo Cheol Thú aired for the last time, after being a fixture(...)

Jean Ritchie recording Séamus Ennis playing the uilleann pipes in March 1952. Photograph: George Pickow Image Collection/James Hardiman Library

‘Séamus Ennis was unique,” wrote Ciarán Mac Mathúna, about the singular piper, folklorist and broadcaster on his death in 1982. “Of course every pe(...)

Harri Pritchard Jones, who has died aged 81, was a Welsh writer, doctor and activist who acted as a powerful link between Irish and Welsh culture for (...)

Neasa Ní Annracháin, whose voice many will remember from her poetry readings on Ciarán Mac Mathúna’s Sunday morning radio programme Mo Cheol Thú, and (...)

Donal Dineen: ‘I got to live the dream, and now I just have to wake up and conjure another one’

My own big love affair with radio began before lengths lost their waves and bands became a bit too broad for their boots. Radios, remember them? Ma(...)