Gary Lightbody

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Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol  perfroming in the Phoenix Park in 2012. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol has been named the most-played song of the 21st century, so far, by music licensing agency PPL. The song was released in(...)

Snow Patrol: the band are followed at Malahide this summer by The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Noel Gallagher, George Ezra and Lana Del Rey. Photograph: Alexandre Schneider/Getty

Who is playing and when? This year’s summer concerts in Malahide Castle, in north Co Dublin, kick off on Friday with Snow Patrol’s gig. It’s alw(...)

 Gary Lightbody (left) with his Snow Patrol bandmates: the group headlines Malahide Castle, Dublin on June 7th  

Current favourite book Right now, I’m reading Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, which is staggeringly good. I’ve cried so many times reading it a(...)

Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begin a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Friends of Lyra McKee have started a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry, almost six weeks after the journalist was murdered while watching cla(...)

Homeward Bound: Bono recorded his contribution to the single before going on stage for the third of U2’s four homecoming gigs last week. Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty

Bono took time out from preparing for U2’s 3Arena show last Friday to contribute to a charity cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s Homeward Bound that is (...)

Go away for a year and people just might remember your name when you come back. Go away for seven years and they’ll reasonably presume you have taken (...)

Venus Dupree, NYE at Bernard Shaw, Dublin, free

Saturday December 30th Turn Whelan’s Dublin 8pm €20 ticketmaster.ie About 20 years ago, in Kells, Co Meath, three hopeful musicians formed Turn. Am(...)

Poet Lewis Kenny writing poems on demand  for passers-by Sandra Vigier and Julie Tomaszewski. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Today marks Poetry Day Ireland, with more than 100 events around the country to celebrate our heritage in verse. One of the busiest spots will be Po(...)

A guitar in the making: Lowden Guitars in Downpatrick, Co Down. Photogrpah: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A great guitar is all about the wood. And a great guitar maker, or luthier, knows how to choose that wood, how to shape it, how to let it breathe, ho(...)

Sport and politics: One of the most eye-catching survey findings was that a majority of people in the North (54 per cent) would actually prefer a single all-Ireland team.

In the Snow Patrol song, Lifening, Gary Lightbody sings, “Ireland in the World Cup, either North or South”, then adds yearningly, “This is all I ever (...)

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