Sharon Shannon

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Forbidden fruit: the music festival takes over Royal Hospital Kilmainham this weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

DUBLIN Bloom Phoenix Park, Dublin 8; until Monday, June 3; bloominthepark.com Ireland’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, Bord Bia’s annual extravag(...)

 An impromptu rehearsal in Gurrie’s Launderette, Sligo with Dean Gurrie on guitar,   father and son Rory and Paul Maitland, and husband and wife Kieran Quinn and Sinead Maguire in song. Photograph: Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

Many of them have day jobs such as being a chef, barber or boutique manager but Sligo musician Kieran Quinn has no qualms about bringing the(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

World premieres of Paul Muldoon’s Incantata, two new plays, by Sonya Kelly and Cristin Kehoe, from Druid, and a new theatre installation from Enda Wal(...)

Shane MacGowan at his 60th birthday celebration at the National Concert Hall, in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nick Cave, Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, a Sex Pistol and the President of Ireland are at the National Concert Hall for Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday. I lov(...)

Robbie Henshaw: “It’s such a good club. I think the base we have here, and the talent, is exceptional, and it’s home-grown as well. Yeah, I want to be here for the long haul.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

This is the meaty middle of the season. After tomorrow’s daunting assignment in Sandy Park against the reigning English champions and high-flying Prem(...)

Achill Island: . Visit the disappearing beach of Dooagh on your wayv to Keem Breach

Animals may be preparing to hibernate, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to – or that we should. Belfast native Prof Geoffrey Beattie, a form(...)

Receiver Ken Tyrrell  claimed a Galway auctioneer, who had been instructed to sell the property before the receiver was appointed, was continuing to get instructions from Sharon  Shannon (above)  and her manager, John Dunford. File photograph: Frank Miller

Musician Sharon Shannon and her manager, John Dunford, have agreed before the High Court to withdraw from the sale of a house and studio property in C(...)

Laurie Anderson at the National Concert Hall.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Audiences are not a fixed entity, and neither are cultural institutions nor venues. Adapt or die, and all that. As a teenager, I sang in choirs at the(...)

There’s no doubting Sharon Shannon’s desire for wide open musical vistas. Her penchant for tango, reggae and blues is evident on her past recordings, (...)

Gerard Hanberry with Joyce Redmond, for whom Steve Earle wrote ‘Galway Girl’, a the launch of Hanberry’s book ‘On Raglan road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them’. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If life’s best secrets are the “open” ones, no more so than those with love at their heart. So it was with Gerry Hanberry’s research into the muses wh(...)

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