Andy Irvine

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Martin Hayes Quartet: Martin Hayes, Liz Knowles, Doug Wieselman and Dennis Cahill

Deep in the bowels of the National Concert Hall Martin Hayes and Barry Douglas are sitting at a table in an empty dressing room. They’ve just arrived (...)

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Almost 90 leading artists, academics and former ambassadors have signed a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging the Government to formally recognise t(...)

The launch of the official jersey that will be worn by the British & Irish Lions players in the 2017 Tour to New Zealand. Photograph: Getty Images

Regardless of what is on the menu at London’s Hurlingham Club, it will not match the delicious irony served up a week next Wednesday. It is an evening(...)

   Chris Thile: mesmerising performance. Photograph: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

It was not without certain misgivings that I attended the National Concert Hall on Tuesday night to hear a performance by Chris Thile, described on po(...)

Scotland players celebrate their win over Wales at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The tartan endgame is straightforward enough. Scotland need only beat England at Twickenham on Saturday, defeat Italy with a bonus point the following(...)

Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign at Murrayfield Stadium this weekend. Photograph: PA

Even before a ball is passed or punted, the 2017 Six Nations Championship feels different. There is more potential intrigue than at any time since Ita(...)

Ed Sheeran: Could this be his year? Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Predictions are a dirty job but someone has to do it. So do you want a prediction for gig of the year? There’s danger here because we live in the age(...)

The boys are back. This CD/DVD is a timely reminder, 44 years after their debut, of the revolutionary musical imaginations that fuelled Planxty’s mus(...)

Lisa O’Neill: “I lose concentration very easily; the page is boring for me to look at.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I’m owning it more, and I really value that,” says Cavan singer-songwriter, Lisa O’Neill, who is reflecting on the difference a few years can make i(...)

All the musicians from Into the Tradition on stage at the  NCH

Elemental and meandering, our music, songs and poetry have carved themselves into the fabric of who we are, and this celebration of the last 100 years(...)

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