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Jim Walsh and William Hammond (centre in light blue shirts) have been organising the Cork Folk Festival on a voluntary basis over the last 40 years. Photograph: Tony O’Connell photography

It was the year of the Pope’s visit, Maggie Thatcher becoming British Prime Minister and the Boomtown Rats making No 1 in the UK Charts with Rat Trap (...)

Moving Hearts

SATURDAY 6TH Traidphicnic An Ceardlann, Spiddal, all weekend traidphicnic.com The community festival of music, art and theatre is now in its eighth (...)

 Ireland’s Sarah McTernan will be singing 22, written by a team of Dutch songwriters, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: Lili Forberg

First of all, when is the Eurovision on? This year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2019 takes place in Tel Aviv, Israel between May 14th and 18th. As is cu(...)

Frank Tate in his Dublin workshop. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When Frank Tate moved to Dublin from east Belfast nearly three decades ago, he stayed at the photographer and D1 Recordings label founder Eamonn Doyle(...)

Mick Hanly and Dónal Lunny

Saturday, April 20th Mick Hanly and Dónal Lunny The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim; Also Fri, INEC Acoustic Club, Killarney; Sat, Inkwell Theat(...)

The 2019 TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners

SUNDAY 17 TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2019 The Waterfront Theatre, Belfast 9pm £26.50/£22.50 waterfront.co.uk Returning to Belfast for the second year in a ro(...)

Inquiry into Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. Photograph: RHI/PA Wire

The DUP’s chief executive has rejected claims he knew party advisers were working on cost controls on Northern Ireland’s botched green energy scheme, (...)

Jenny Attridge, from Bantry, Co Cork,  arriving for the  ‘Dublin Welcomes Home the Magdalenes’ event  at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The State failed in its duty of care to the women who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said. Speak(...)

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(...)

The passing of piper Liam O’Flynn (above) and Claddagh Records founder Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament

The passing of Liam O’Flynn and Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament. O’Flynn came from(...)

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