Martin Hayes

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The fiddle player on smashing his violin over a musician’s head, and letting go to record On St Patrick’s Day 1988 on stage in Chicago, Martin H(...)

Toomdeely Lodge, Toomdeely, Askeaton Co Limerick.

“It’s all down to my husband, Peter,” says Ellie Byrne, of their home outside Askeaton in Co Limerick. “We really could not get an architect to listen(...)

We now know  how to crush the virus while we wait for mass vaccination to take effect.  Photograph: Johnny Milano/Bloomberg

If Ireland was a comedy club, we could call it Tragedy Improv. Policymaking has been essentially ad lib. Whose line is it anyway? The Government’s? Np(...)

Quatuor Danel will play the 17 string quartets by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

It sounds totally counter-intuitive. But the response of Francis Humphrys, artistic director of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, to the ongoing p(...)

The figure includes   an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-seminary programme for those considering whether they have a vocation. File photograph: Getty Images

A total of 13 men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood in Ireland this year including an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-semin(...)

The crowd at the 3Arena for a Lewis Capaldi concert in March, one of the last events to take place at the venue before Covid-19 forced the industry to shut down. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was one of those Waterford Whispers News headlines that was so sharp you could cut diamonds with it and still have a functioning blade. “Culture Ni(...)

Bishop-elect Martin Hayes on his appointment as Bishop of Kilmore at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, Cavan. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The newest Catholic bishop in Ireland spent time working at California’s Silicon Valley in a previous life. In 1981 Fr Martin Hayes (60) graduated f(...)

Margaret Molloy

Ireland has a network of diplomats working hard for the country all around the world, but ahead of St Patrick’s Day this year, even though events and (...)

Martin Hayes’s (centre) latest collaboration, The Common Ground Ensemble, is founded in Irish traditional music.

If repetition is the death of art, then Martin Hayes’s music is destined for infinity. How tempting it might be to tread water with The Gloaming, give(...)

Spectators at Ireland’s opening match fixture against Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Father Donal Doyle may or may not be the oldest Irish fan in Fukuroi this weekend – he turns 88 in two weeks – but he must surely be the most conflict(...)

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