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Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten. Photograph: Visionhaus

“Is it too real for ya?” An English woman in the smoking “area” upstairs in tonight’s hall has fallen victim to the ear worm. “I woke up at 7.30am wit(...)

Irish Water said the Clonshaugh plant was necessary because the Ringsend facility is operating at over capacity.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners opposing a wastewater treatment plant in North Dublin intend to mount a legal challenge against the development after it was granted permi(...)

Singer Dessie O’Halloran with Sheila Prendiville in her shop in Castleisland. File photograph: John Reidy

Tributes have been paid to the traditional musician Dessie O’Halloran after he died, following a short illness, aged 79. O’Halloran, who recorded his(...)

John Spillane: On My Culture Radar
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  • September 14, 2019, 05:00

Current favourite book I’m reading The Atlantean Irish by Bob Quinn, which delves into Irish mythology and history. It turns out St Patrick never dro(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Th(...)

John Sheahan: Fiddle player, composer, poet, wood carver and origami enthusiast.

“There’s always been a bit of a mystery about the fiddle,” John Sheahan muses. “Every time I pick it up, I wonder what kind of a sound I’ll get out of(...)

Karl Marx: Sometimes Mason’s need to frame his arguments in terms of what the German philosopher wrote or thought becomes a drag on his overall message. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty

The demonstrations against the introduction of water charges in 2014 were a clear example, whether you agreed with them or not, of how mass public pro(...)

Fontaines DC. Photograph: Visionhaus/Getty

Are you getting your recommended daily dose of Irish music? Have you ever wondered why Irish radio stations don’t play more Irish music? (Ed Sheeran’s(...)

MusicTown 2019 (clockwise from top left): The Deadly World of Opera, Damien Dempsey, ‘My Father’s Kind’ and Stomptown Brass.

The overriding theme of MusicTown 2019 – a programme of events programmed and overseen by Aiken Promotion and Dublin City Council – is the exploration(...)

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