Lang Syne

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In the dusty archives of The Irishman’s Diary recently, I chanced upon a short but fascinating correspondence from the 1920s. It started when the writ(...)

Shane McGowan:  The Pogues’ Fairytale is now 30 years old. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I had forgotten the singer Dan Fogelberg was no longer with us until noticing that today is the 10th anniversary of his premature death. But on a happ(...)

Michael Wollny breathes new life into the piano trio
Jazz: The best gigs this week
  • Music
  • October 28, 2017, 05:00

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Various venues, continues till Sunday 29th. guinnessjazzfestival.com Those interested in where jazz is headed in the (...)

A member of Fidget Feet pictured during their performance at The Customs House in Dublin as part of The NYF Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New Year’s Eve used to be a straightforward affair - a party somewhere, a countdown and then Auld Lang Syne. It has not tended to mean watching a ro(...)

The final episode of Downton Abbey ended on a high. Photo: ITV/PA Wire

The final episode of Downton Abbey beat Strictly Come Dancing to win the battle of the Christmas Day ratings as 6.6 million tuned in to wish a fond fa(...)

Ashford Castle in winter

Make hay in Cork If you’ve been responsible for feeding the troops all over Christmas, it’s time to sit back and let someone else do the cookin(...)

Undated Lidl handout photo of a leather sporran. Photograph: PA Wire

What sells quicker than hot cakes? How about tartan kilts, leather sporrans, ghillie shirts and bagpipes! Lidl stores in the UK have almost completely(...)

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photograph:  Popperfoto/Getty Images

On the Western Front on December 24th 1914, thousands of soldiers from the British Expeditionary Forces, which included men from all parts of the i(...)

In a word ...

Yule and Yuletide. That old “heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity”, as it is put. Both words are Anglo-Saxon but originated in Norse. They (...)