Damien Dempsey

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Summber vibe: Electric Picnic, in Co Laois in September. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With more than 30 music festivals across Ireland between April and the end of September, there’s one for almost every age, county and g(...)

 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(...)

Paul Alwright: What’s Going On, by Marvin Gaye, showed me you needn’t sacrifice musicality for lyricism

I rediscovered What’s Going On sitting on a bus to Thomastown a few summers ago. I’d picked it up for a pittance at a HMV closing-down sale some years(...)

Damien Dempsey: “People thought I was a joke act or a gimmick.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Damien Dempsey, the charismatic singer with a repertoire of striking, honest songs, is surprisingly shy. He’s warm and insightful whether discussing t(...)

Shane MacGowan at his 60th birthday celebration at the National Concert Hall, in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nick Cave, Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, a Sex Pistol and the President of Ireland are at the National Concert Hall for Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday. I lov(...)

 Damien Dempsey  in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Damien Dempsey: Saturday, December 23rd, at Vicar St, Dublin, 7.30pm; €32.50 from ticketmaster.ie When Donaghmede’s Damien Dempsey first wandered int(...)

Beyoncé. Pretax profits at Sony’s Irish subsidiary rose from €312,000 to €1.2 million in the 12 months to March. Photograph: Reuters

The Irish arm of Sony Music, whose artists include AC/DC, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen and Christy Moore, reported a huge surge in profits and revenues (...)

Actor and film-maker John Connors: “I used to love watching The Sopranos because I’d sometimes feel like Tony Soprano, with the big belly to rest things on.” Photograph:  Dave Meehan

Favourite play? A while back I saw 100 More Like These with Stephen Jones at the Viking Theatre in Clontarf, which blew me away. He adapted the play (...)

Activists took over Apollo House in December 2016. File photograph: Collins

This day last year a group of about 100 individuals took over the empty Apollo House  in Dublin’s city centre and repurposed it to accommoda(...)

Kristin Hersh: Bound for the NCH. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Friday 21 Damien Dempsey Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, 7pm, €40, ticketmaster.ie Damo has been a significant presence on the Irish music scene for over 20 (...)

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