The Academic ‘have a lot of dates in the diary for 2021 and we would love nothing more than to be out playing shows’. Photograph: Enda Bowe

This time last year we were looking forward to so many gigs, concerts, shows, performances and events that we could hardly arrange a suitable schedule(...)

The conference will also feature performances from Grammy-award-winning Rhiannon Giddens and Sorcha Richardson

Chief Justice Frank Clarke. aerospace engineer and economist Sinéad O’Sullivan, and writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan and are among the line(...)

‘The big thing is small achievable goals,” says Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of Motherfoclóir. ‘It might be as simple as going to an ATM and using the Irish language service.’

Life in lockdown? I had an early taste of it in the summer of 2016. After finishing college for the year, I found myself at home with a gap in my sche(...)

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh recorded a sung version of the Blasket Island slow air Port na bPúcaí

2019 was the year of the harp and of lateral musical thinking. As the only country in the world with a musical instrument as our national emblem, we h(...)

Moving Hearts

SATURDAY 6TH Traidphicnic An Ceardlann, Spiddal, all weekend traidphicnic.com The community festival of music, art and theatre is now in its eighth (...)

Persian-Irish band Navá

This year’s Doolin Folk Festival has its gaze planted firmly on a wide horizon with a programme that places home-grown folkies such as Scullion and Lu(...)

Sabina Higgins with Michelline Sheehy Skeffington at the Mansion House, Dublin, during   commemoration of La na mBan 1918. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Twenty eight traditional Irish music sessions took place across Ireland, Britain and the US on Saturday as part of a day of action and awareness to hi(...)

Siobhán Walls with Hannah and Dan Boylan at a naming ceremony for their baby, Hunter

“When is the baby being christened?” It’s a question almost every Irish parent will have heard, and one most can answer: a survey carried out for The (...)

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman and Louis Lovett in They Called Her Vivaldi, which is on at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre.

They Called Her Vivaldi Peacock Theatre. 7pm, €14-€18. Ends Dec 23, abbeytheatre.ie Theatre Lovett concludes its recent national tour of this popula(...)

Dingle-based traditional singer  Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: “Around here, everyone is just a bit strange and that’s great.”

“I call this place ‘An Res’, as in the reservation,” says Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, a traditional singer and flautist based in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaelt(...)

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