Paddy Casey

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Europe’s bread basket – southern Russia and Ukraine – was cut off by the Crimean conflict

In a second-hand shop recently, I bought a copy of a remarkable book that passed me by when first published, in 2007. It’s called Strong Farmer: the M(...)

Lansdowne’s Alan Peter Beirne scores a try. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cork Constitution 12 Lansdowne 32 Three tries in the third quarter propelled Lansdowne to a long-awaited Ulster Bank Bateman Cup title - the club’s (...)

Carvoeiro beach, Algarve, Portugal.

Family sun holidays in June Algarve Clube Praia da Ora from €425pps, Salou Cye Holiday Centre €442, Cosa de Almeria June 5th hotel Indalo €363pps. St(...)

Glen Hansard of The Frames busking on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve.Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hundreds of people gathered on a rainy Grafton Street in Dublin city centre on Christmas eve as Glen Hansard and other musicians busked for charity in(...)

Anyone who has walked down Grafton Street will have heard the torturous strains of My Heart Will Go On or El Condor Pasa with full musak soundtrack. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Many music lovers will welcome the news that buskers have been banned from using backing tracks when performing on the streets of Dublin. The city cou(...)

At the Witnness Festival in Fairyhouse racecourse, Co Meath in 2000, ‘festival virgins spent their time sampling every delight possible’

Our Summers Past series mines the Irish Times archive to find interesting articles from previous summers. In 2000, the oddly spelled Witnness music(...)

Danny O’Donoghue from The Script busking on Grafton Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

In what has almost become a Christmas Eve tradition, singer Glen Hansard led a rabble of musicians in song to a crowd of hundreds on Dublin’s Grafton (...)

Paddy Casey: Songbook

Success came relatively quickly for Paddy Casey in the late Nineties – but a decade later, so did the ubiquitous “label trouble”. Nonetheless, with(...)

Connacht athletes take part in the parade through Limerick city this evening. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Forget São Paulo, for unforgottable sporting opening ceremonies, Limerick was the place to be tonight as the city opened its arms to welcome Special O(...)

Uncertain about U2 before he met them in 1978, Paul McGuinness recognised their potential as soon as he saw them perform, and agreed immediately to manage them. Photograph: Dave Meehan

“A gang of four but a corporation of five” is how U2 singer Bono always described the band’s relationship with manager Paul McGuinness.. But with McGu(...)

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