Missed an earlier news item? Visit the news archive.

Doolin Folk Festival line-up confirmed

The Hothouse Flowers, Jerry Fish, Finbar Furey, Dervish and Luka Bloom are included in the line-up for this year’s Doolin Folk Festival, details of which were announced today (Thursday, 31 March 2016).

Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s and set in the Brigadoon-like atmosphere of Doolin, Co Clare – between the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and The Aran islands – the mid-June (10th-12th) festival is fast becoming a highlight of the summer festival season.

Permalink - Posted: March 31, 2016 at 2:06 pm



Ceolchoirm de scoth-theaglamaí ceoil agus amhránaíochta ón ocht ngrúpa thraidisiúnta a roghnaíodh le bheith san iomaíocht i gcraobhchomórtas 2016 don duaischiste €4,500.
Eight groups who have qualified for the 2016 final perform their own selection of traditional Irish music and song and compete for a prize-fund of €4,500, in what promises to be a fantastic concert !

Áirithint/Booking: 01 4170000
Ticéid: €12 (€6 daltaí/students)

Permalink - Posted: March 31, 2016 at 9:38 am

Siamsaíocht @6! Le Gael Linn

( Powerscourt Townhouse Centre…
Minutes from Grafton Street…Entrances on Clarendon Street,
Sth William Street and Coppinger Row…elevator to 2nd floor)
6p.m. – 8p.m. (Doors open  from 5.40 p.m.)


‘Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky over it’
Gradam Ceoil TG4 recipients
Seán McElwain (Bouzouki, banjo, guitar ) of ‘Téada’
and Dónal McCague ( fiddle )
play tunes from the rich musical and cultural heritage
of the cross-border Sliabh Beagh region of South Ulster and
Grace Toland
will sing a selection songs from her native Inishowen
ADMISSION: €15 ( Comp nibbles included! )
WINE, tea and coffee available
Booking essential ( limited space ! )
087/2547574 or

Permalink - Posted: March 30, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Ennis awarded Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for 2017

Clare County Council has welcomed the decision of the Ardchomhairle of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann to name Ennis as the host location for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017.

The announcement has been made just months ahead of the 2016 event, which will be hosted in Ennis for the first time since 1977.

An estimated 400,000 visitors are expected in the Clare County Capital from August 14th to 22nd for what is considered the world’s largest showcase for the Irish traditional arts.

“The awarding of this prestigious event to Ennis for the second year running is a huge vote of confidence in the town’s capacity to host large events, and will have significant positive implications for the local arts and culture sector as well as the economy,” said Mayor of Ennis, Cllr. Pat Daly.

“Ennis is proud to be the holder of the Fleadh Cheoil torch that has for so many years been a shining light for the Irish traditional music scene,” said Mayor Daly.

Permalink - Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Concert DUBLIN BURNING

Written and Performed by

Brendan Begley (accordion/ vocals) and Mike Hanrahan (guitar/ vocals)

Ballymaloe Grainstore

Sunday 10 April, 8pm

Ballymaloe Grainstore honours the Easter Rising Centenary with Dublin Burning, a concert by two of Ireland’s top musicians on Sunday 10 April.  Brendan Begley (accordion/ vocals) and Mike Hanrahan (guitar/ vocals) will tell the story of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916.

Permalink - Posted: March 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

New Album Brings Poetry Composed by 1916 Leaders to Life

A new album celebrating the artistic heritage of the signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic has been released by the arts collective Guthanna Binne Síoraí / Everlasting Voices this week.

The album, entitled ‘Blood on the Rose / Fuil ar an Rós’, features the poems of 1916 and has contributions by four of the signatories of the Proclamation, in addition to their contemporaries, W.B. Yeats, Francis Ledwidge, Roger Casement and Eva Gore Booth.

Permalink - Posted: March 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

World Fiddle Day Scartaglin

Saturday 21st May 2016

Join us in Scartaglin, the heart of Sliabh Luachra for a day and night of music featuring an international line-up of musicians, as we honour the musical heritage of our region. Dr Matt Cranitch will give a talk on Maida McQuinn Sugrue, a pupil of Pádraig O’Keeffe’s, the Fiddle concert , “Across the County Bounds” was a highlight last year and is sure to be this year.Guest lecturer Dr. Máire O’Keeffe will flesh out the life of Sliabh Luachra legend Julia Clifford in Lyon’s bar , the scene of many seminal recordings over the years. Billy Clifford will be the special guest at this talk. Jackie Daly, the iconic Sliabh Luachra box player, will unveil a photograph of Pádraig O’Keeffe from 1957 which he has donated and will be on display.

Be part of this historic gathering as we celebrate the heritage we have received and look forward to a musical future together.

More information on our Facebook page-World Fiddle Day Scartaglin

Permalink - Posted: March 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm