John Sheahan

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John Sheahan: Fiddle player, composer, poet, wood carver and origami enthusiast.

“There’s always been a bit of a mystery about the fiddle,” John Sheahan muses. “Every time I pick it up, I wonder what kind of a sound I’ll get out of(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and artist Vera Klute, having unveiled the Luke Kelly statue in Dublin 1, on January 30th, 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We all have our heroes, some of us may even do heroic things, but it is not given to everyone to have a statue erected in their memory, never mind two(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and artist Vera Klute, at the Guild Street site, in the docklands. Mr Higgins unveiled two sculptures of   Luke Kelly  on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Luke Kelly’s version of A Town I Loved So Well is regarded as the definitive one though it was written about Derry and not his native Dublin. The la(...)

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(...)

Young Offenders Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley). Photograph: Miki Barlok

Christmas episodes of hit television shows The Young Offenders and Mrs Brown’s Boys are sure to put a smile on even the Grinchiest of family members’ (...)

A multi-faith ceremony marks the opening of a non-denominational graveyard in Knockeenduff, Killarney.  Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A graveyard for all denominations – and for none – has opened in Killarney at what is the eleventh hour for burial space in the Co Kerry town. The op(...)

The launch of the MV Celine the World’s largest sea ro- ro vessel in Dublin by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The absolutely enormous cargo ship that was christened by Leo Varadkar and other luminaries in Dublin Port on Friday morning is officially to be calle(...)

A Night of Musical Stories: Katie Kim and Radie Peat of Lankum are teaming up for a new project for the MusicTown festival in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Have you heard the one about the traditional folk artist and the ambient pop musician? They met several years ago, became fast friends and are now bri(...)

Musicians Neil Martin and Christy Moore were among those to carry the coffin of uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn at his funeral in Kill, Co Kildare.  . Photograph: Alan Betson

Liam O’Flynn “understood simplicity in a way few people did. He understood space. He understood silence,” recalled the late uileann piper’s friend and(...)

Former Kerry footballer and manager Mick O’Dwyer with the Sam Maguire trophy during a civic reception hosted by Kerry County Council in his honour. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Kerry footballing legend Mick O’Dwyer was presented - once again - with the Sam Maguire trophy at a civic reception to honour him in Tralee on Monday.(...)

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