Frankie Gavin

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St Patrick’s Day: spectators at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The forecast may not be great for this year’s St Patrick’s Day, but there are lots of events and other attractions, many indoors, to keep you entertai(...)

The late Alec Finn. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to the traditional musician Alec Finn who has died aged 74. Finn was a founder member of De Danann, one(...)

The Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Award goes to a Glaswegian fiddle player and singer with strong Donegal roots, Claire Friel.

Gender balance has never been one of traditional music’s strong suits, and down through the years, women’s contribution has too often been ignored. Bu(...)

Willie Penrose: quoted a stellar list of homegrown performers who are in favour of his Bill.  Photograph: Frank Miller

That heartfelt whimper of relief we hear today comes from the poor unfortunate tin can – battered and abused after months in the political firing line(...)

Roscommon’s Neil Collins and Donal O’Hare of Down with Cork’s Colm O’Driscoll and James McCarthy of Dublin, who face eachother in this weekend’s Allianz Football League finals. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival It ain’t all about tasty crustaceans- the idyllic seaside town of Howth transforms into a veritable wonderland of mer(...)

Dr Jim Browne (centre), president of NUI Galway, with Charlie Byrne, founder and owner of Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway, and playwright, poet and painter, Patricia Burke Brogan, both of whom were conferred with  honorary Masters of Arts degrees  at NUI Galway yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Bookseller Charlie Byrne, writer and former novitiate Patricia Burke Brogan, and composer and musician Carl Hession have been awarded honorary degrees(...)

Sam Amidon is trying his hardest to rein in his inner fanboy, but it’s impossible. He just can’t help it. “I mean, Martin Hayes, ” he says with the(...)

Small but perfectly formed, this live recording clocks in at a modest 28 minutes, an object lesson in the less-is-more school of traditional music.(...)

Trad’s evolutionary qualities are alive and in evidence in this latest incarnation of Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan. With a few relative newcomers aboard (...)

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