Damien Dempsey

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MusicTown 2019 (clockwise from top left): The Deadly World of Opera, Damien Dempsey, ‘My Father’s Kind’ and Stomptown Brass.

The overriding theme of MusicTown 2019 – a programme of events programmed and overseen by Aiken Promotion and Dublin City Council – is the exploration(...)

Fibromyalgia sufferer Adrienne Dempsey with her son, singer/songwriter  Damien Dempsey, at Thursday’s press conference. Ms Dempsey said she lives with chronic pain. “I’m at my wits’ end.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten up without being in pain,” said Adrienne Dempsey, mother of singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey who was diagnosed with fi(...)

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(...)

Damien Dempsey does two nights in Vicar St on Saturday and Sunday

SATURDAY 22 DAMIEN DEMPSEY Vicar St, Dublin 7.30pm €32.50 (sold out) ticketmaster.ie; also Sunday December 23rd, same venue Between seeing Dublin so(...)

Craig and Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod

SATURDAY 8 THE PROCLAIMERS Vicar St, Dublin 7.30pm €35.50 ticketmaster.ie Another anniversary tour, another celebration of a singular talent. Or shou(...)

Irish author Donal Ryan: I love all the coffee-drinking and shrugging and fag-smoking in Paris.  Photograph: Anthony Woods
Donal Ryan: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book  I’m reading Kerry Neville’s second collection, Remember to Forget Me, and it is a masterclass in short fiction. I’m delig(...)

Laura Whitmore: From a family of strong women

In theory, an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? is only ever as good as the charisma factor of the person doing the digging. And the British and Am(...)

Damien Dempsey: Letterfrack was “hell on earth,” he says, struggling to keep emotion at bay. “That’s a lot to take in”

The heroes of the celebrity genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? (RTÉ One, Sunday, 9.30pm) are mostly unsung. But for the famous faces tracin(...)

More than 400,000 people are expected to visit Drogheda, Co Louth, for the annual Fleadh Cheoil traditional Irish music festival over the next week. (...)

Muireann O’Connell has the enthusiasm, not to mention the affability, to keep things palatable

It could be argued that if you work on a breakfast show, you’re effectively playing to one of the toughest crowds on radio: people about to hop on the(...)

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