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The figure includes   an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-seminary programme for those considering whether they have a vocation. File photograph: Getty Images

A total of 13 men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood in Ireland this year including an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-semin(...)

The crowd at the 3Arena for a Lewis Capaldi concert in March, one of the last events to take place at the venue before Covid-19 forced the industry to shut down. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was one of those Waterford Whispers News headlines that was so sharp you could cut diamonds with it and still have a functioning blade. “Culture Ni(...)

Bishop-elect Martin Hayes on his appointment as Bishop of Kilmore at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, Cavan. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The newest Catholic bishop in Ireland spent time working at California’s Silicon Valley in a previous life. In 1981 Fr Martin Hayes (60) graduated f(...)

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Ireland has a network of diplomats working hard for the country all around the world, but ahead of St Patrick’s Day this year, even though events and (...)

Martin Hayes’s (centre) latest collaboration, The Common Ground Ensemble, is founded in Irish traditional music.

If repetition is the death of art, then Martin Hayes’s music is destined for infinity. How tempting it might be to tread water with The Gloaming, give(...)

Spectators at Ireland’s opening match fixture against Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Father Donal Doyle may or may not be the oldest Irish fan in Fukuroi this weekend – he turns 88 in two weeks – but he must surely be the most conflict(...)

Dreams, by their very nature, are elusive, enigmatic and frequently inexplicable. The music that Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett make has a(...)

Martin Hayes: ‘I always bring a gadget with me when I’m playing concerts ... right now, it’s the Midas Stage Box, which gives me control over the way my sound is shaped for the audience.’ Photograph: Erin Baiano

Current favourite book I’m reading The Essentials of Theory U by this guy from MIT, Otto Scharmer. It’s about ways of communicating and solving probl(...)

Celebrating the elemental qualities inherent in our musical tradition, this collaboration between east Clare fiddle player, Martin Hayes and Brooklyn (...)

From left: Eileen McLain and Tony DeMarco play at the 11th St Bar in New York. DeMarco is known as the Tradfather among fellow musicians. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

The Tradfather was holding court at the 11th St Bar in the East Village during a pause between jigs when his mood temporarily darkened. Amid the small(...)

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