Matt Molloy

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Along with ‘The Reek’, Westport offers a large range of outdoor activities. Photograph: Brian Cregan

For many years, Westport as a destination appeared to play second fiddle to its nearby relative, the rugged, enchanting Connemara. But that was then, (...)

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

The final bank-holiday weekend before we give up the ghost for the year has, happily, plenty of ghostcentric events – and a whole lot more besides, ri(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann pipes were at his core, and he inhabited them like nobody before him ever had. Photograph: David Sleator

Traditional music lost one of its finest exponents with the passing of Liam O’Flynn. He was, without question, the most significant figure in uilleann(...)

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(...)

Sinn Féin politicians attend the party’s ardfheis at the RDS in Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has rejected a proposal to give party members a free vote on the future of the Eighth Amendment. The party agreed a united party position t(...)

A portrait of the flautist Matt Molloy by John Blakey, which is on display and for sale at the at the Water Colour Society of Ireland’s 163rd annual exhibition.

Few organisations founded in 19th-century Ireland have survived unscathed and virtually unchanged into the 21st century. But the Water Colour Society (...)

Britain’s Prince William said the loss of the four Irish Coast Guard air crew who died when Rescue 116 crashed off north Mayo is “a tragedy that reaches far beyond the community” in which the four “so gallantly served” and they “will never be forgotten”.

Britain’s Prince William has paid a special tribute to the four Irish Coast Guard air crew who died when Rescue 116 crashed off north Mayo last March.(...)

Michael Flatley carries the remains of his mother at St Moling in Glynn,  Co Carlow, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Michael Flatley has paid tribute to “the greatest mother in the world” at the funeral Mass for Elizabeth Flatley who died on December 28th, just over(...)

The combination of fiddle and flute is typical of north Connaught, and few musical pairings capture its syncopated swing with more imagination than M(...)

US Vice President Biden enjoys a round of golf , with the taoiseach Enda Kenny, at Castlebar Golf Club, in Mayo. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Psst! Here’s a secret: US vice-president Joe Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny scored a draw in a game of golf in Co Mayo. If you are member of Castleba(...)

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