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Lisa O’Neill is among those performing work inspired by the Anglo-Irish Treaty debates and related events at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Please check before making a journey: new coronavirus rules may affect some of these events GIG OF THE WEEK Treaty: Songs Saturday, December 11th, N(...)

Christy Moore receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards at Vicar Street in Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Singer Christy Moore was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards on Tuesday night. The Planxty founder and influen(...)

Billie Eilish. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty

As Ireland’s venues reopen and the live-music sector gears back up, here are some essential performances now booking, from the local pub, park, for(...)

Children making blaas at Waterford Harvest. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Blaa Blaa Blaa Perhaps it’s because chillier days and nights bring on the munchies, but autumn is choc full of foodie events, and Harvest is a great (...)

Jimmy Barry Murphy, one of Cork’s most famed hurling sons, in action  against Galway’s Sylvie Linnane during the 1986 All Ireland final win. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“Who knows where the time goes,” sang folk singer Sandy Denny and with her elegiac imagery of the seasons and the years slipping by, she evoked a(...)

Sisters Michelle and Louise Mucahy: “It’s such a tough time for artists, but one of the beautiful things that has happened is that it has given them time with their craft.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

As the prospect of a return to live performances in front of living, breathing audiences inches closer to reality, the National Concert Hall is keepin(...)

“Thou dost have more hair than when last we met,” says John Spillane when my hairy face appears on his screen. “That’s a line from Coriolanus. I did i(...)

Many virtual events will be broadcast on the St Patrick’s Festival website. Photograph: iStock

Traditional St Patrick’s Day events have largely been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, there are still some virtual celebrat(...)

 Principal Barth Harrington at Scoil na mBuachaillí in Clonakilty, west Cork. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Teaching through a coronavirus pandemic has literally proven an education – and not just for pupils, according to one Co Cork primary school principal(...)

Niamh Farrell (left) and Brian Darcy of HamsandwicH perform at the Choice Music Prize live event at Vicar Street on March 3rd 2016 in Dublin. HamsandwicH are one of 16 acts to feature on the charity single. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns

A who’s who of Irish musicians are coming together help raise funds to purchase personal protective equipment for charity-run nursing homes with a cov(...)

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