Neil Martin

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It’s been 14 long years since Gerry O’Connor’s last album – but how worth it that wait has been. This Dundalk fiddler, veteran of Lá Lugh, Skylark and(...)

The Door Was Open And The House Was Dark is the title of the third-last poem in Human Chain. Seamus wrote it in memory of his dear friend David Hammon(...)

The Prince of Wales with Sinn Féin MLA Caral Ní Chuilín and her colleague Gerry Kelly (left) at Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The first port of call for Prince Charles during a two day visit to Northern Ireland was a landmark church which had faced demolition a few years ago.(...)

As part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018 Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses: the first staging in Ireland of a baroque masterpiece. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

Midsummer is scheduled for late summer in Kilkenny this year. This is not a strange seasonal blip: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the city’s Castle Yard(...)

The passing of piper Liam O’Flynn (above) and Claddagh Records founder Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament

The passing of Liam O’Flynn and Garech de Brún mark the departure of two pivotal figures from the Irish traditional music firmament. O’Flynn came from(...)

‘I’m very aware of all sorts of angles on this relating to Brexit, to Ireland, and to the Border,’ says composer Neil Martin

The mythical 7th-century tale of a wandering bird man, suffering from what might now be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder, is the source of (...)

  Neil Martin: song-cycle based on Seamus Heaney’s ‘Sweeney Astray’

Not much can be said with certainty about the Battle of Mag Rath, which happened near what is now Moira, Co Down, in 637. But we know it was big, be(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Hillsborough Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon, where they will be greeted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife,(...)

Soprano Ailish Tynan will perform the work of Schubert at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

The late masterpieces of Schubert, Handel in Ireland, and Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis with Stephen Rea are among the highlights of this year’s Kilkenny(...)

Jean Butler and Neil Martin

**** Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre According to George Balanchine if you put a man and a woman on stage there is already a story; a man and two(...)

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