Singer Dessie O’Halloran with Sheila Prendiville in her shop in Castleisland. File photograph: John Reidy

Tributes have been paid to the traditional musician Dessie O’Halloran after he died, following a short illness, aged 79. O’Halloran, who recorded his(...)

Chinese New Year carnival experience. Patrick Xing (6), from Rathfarnham, Shang Wang (6) from Cork and Zoe Browne (8) from Kimmage enjoy the dragon performance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chinese New Year festival The spring festival, in its eighth year, is celebrating the Year of the Sheep, the lucky eighth sign of the zodiac, a(...)