Luka Bloom

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The utter joy in the ephemeral; the simplicity of life’s pleasures: Luka Bloom’s 22nd album could hardly be more timely. It’s as if it was gestating j(...)

Sharon Shannon: playing August 1st. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last Saturday night, just after 9pm,  singer-songwriter Freddie White picked up his guitar and walked onto a stage in Doolin, Co Clare.(...)

Teresa Brayton (née Boylan) was born in 1868, near the road she immortalised

The Old Bog Road 10k is, I believe, an athletics event waiting to happen. It would start in Kilcock, Co Kildare, then proceed westward towards Enfield(...)

Julia Jacklin: Playing SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, in March “was the first time that I realised I had good songs”.

There are times when Julia Jacklin sounds surprised when she talks about the year she’s had to date. The Australian singer-songwriter has seen her me(...)

The Wallace brothers, Paul, David and Richard, ahead of the Cross Atlantic Way Rugby Legends Cycle

At some point last Sunday on Slea Head that perennial question entered my head: is it Dingle, An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis? And where we will fina(...)

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(...)

If ever there was a snapshot of musical expression in all its organic glory, Anne Rynne’s debut collection is it. Having been given a guitar by her y(...)

Fashion designer Mary Grant has been in business since 1993 when she first sold in the Irish Design Centre in Dublin’s Powerscourt Centre

Situated on the banks of the Liffey, Newbridge, Co Kildare’s largest town, has a pretty river walk and can claim troubadours Christy Moore, his broth(...)

The challenge of retaining a vitality, of mining fresh seams, is one that faces all artists with the gumption to cleave to the long road. Luka Bloo(...)

Liam Toland (centre), Mick Galwey, Paul Wallace, Craig Chalmers and Zinzan Brooke enjoy a well deserved swim in Galway after stage four of the Rugby Legends Cycle

What does one do the week before the Rugby World Cup begins? Well, for the Irish squad I’m sure there’s plenty of last-minute preparation but for the (...)

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