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Music Network presents
Philip Martin’s Avoca: A Celtic Journey

A new commission for massed harp ensemble to mark Music Network’s 30th anniversary

Music Network is delighted to present the premiere of a newly commissioned work for large-scale harp ensemble by the celebrated Irish composer Philip Martin to be performed on Sunday 20th November, 5.30pm in the Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. This is a free event with limited capacity, more details at (more…)

Permalink - Posted: October 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Downdaroad Productions is proud to present Declan O’Rourke

Live at The Dara Cinema
November 11th

In aid of Naas Food Bank
‘Helping to feed the hidden hungry in our community’
Main Street Foodbank is an initiative started in December 2012 Since then, with fantastic support from the local community, their drop-in centre has been operating every week, where currently (July 2016) an average of 100+ individuals and families access the service for help.

Permalink - Posted: October 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm

TG4 to celebrate their 20th birthday with a special Oíche Shamhna live extravaganza!

Oíche Shamhna 2016 looks set to deliver one of the most spectacular celebrations with the live broadcast of TG4’s twentieth birthday party. TG4XX Beo will broadcast live from 9.30pm to 11.30pm on the channel.

Permalink - Posted: October 21, 2016 at 9:37 am

News from Eleanor Shanley

Eleanor Shanley’s 2016 presented a busy year from the off, especially so on the back of her successful “Forever Young” album launch last autumn.  Spring was spent touring Canada with De Danann, and some very special Irish live shows including RTE Radio 1’s open-air concert in O’Connell St. Dublin as part of the city’s 1916 Commemorations.  Eleanor was joined by close friends Mike Hanrahan (guitar and vocals) and Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle).  Eleanor comments “what a great honour, how could it be anything other than an honour to be involved in the 1916 Commemorations in Dublin.  A very memorable performance for all the right reasons”. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: October 17, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Clár speisialta ‘Céilí House’ le buaiteoirí Siansa Gael Linn 2016!

Craolfar clár speisialta den tsraith iomráiteach ‘Céilí House’  ar RTÉ Raidió 1,  Dé Sathairn seo chugainn,   Deireadh 22 Fómhair 2016, ag 9.02p.m.  le buaiteoirí Siansa Gael Linn 2016, an grúpa ‘Círéib’ ó Choláistí Eoin agus Íosagáin, Baile an Bhóthair, Co. Átha Cliath.

Permalink - Posted: October 17, 2016 at 3:33 pm

The Young Folk Sign Co-Management Deal with Tom Sarig/Esther Creative Group

The Young Folk are delighted and very excited to announce that they have just signed a co-management deal and record licensing agreement, in cooperation with ARC Music Productions, with Tom Sarig and his Esther Creative Group (

Permalink - Posted: October 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

Acclaimed Irish Artist Releases CD in Aid of Carrickmines Survivors

In the early hours of the 10th of October 2015 a fire broke out at a halting site in Carrickmines in South County Dublin. Ten Travellers lost their lives including a young mother who was pregnant. This awful tragedy was followed by some of the worst discrimination this state has ever seen. Acclaimed Irish artist Ron Kavana, who is a member of the Celebration of Traveller Music Initiative, has a released an album in aid of the two surviving orphans of the blaze.

On October 10th 2015 Willie Lynch (25), Tara Gilbert (27) Jodie (9), Kelsey (4), Jimmy Lynch (39), Sylvia Connors, Thomas Connors (27) Jim (5), Christy (2) and Mary (5 months) died together when the large mobile home they were sleeping in caught fire. Their mobile home was one of five on the “temporary” Traveller site, which had been on Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines for eight years.

Permalink - Posted: October 12, 2016 at 9:31 am

Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney, Trevor Hutchinson to play Ballina Arts Centre

Traditional music supergroups have become something of a regular fashion in recent years, with players from acclaimed groups switching and swapping partners, creating smaller ensembles and making great music along the way. (more…)

Permalink - Posted: October 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Mooney family to launch new CD on Rónán Beo @3 on RnaG

The well-known musical Ó Maonaigh/Mooney family from Cois Cláidí in Gaoth Dobhair will officially launch their new album live on Rónán Beo @3 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Thursday 6th October.

The Mooneys were born and reared in the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht in Donegal, an area rich in music and culture.  The group is made up of sisters Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (vocals and fiddle) and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh (vocals and whistle), their brother Gearóid Ó Maonaigh (guitar), and his son Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle).

This is the first album for the family as a musical group, and on Thursday Rónán will have them live in studio to play, and to talk about the new album which features songs and tunes, both new and old, and we’ll hear exclusive versions of those tunes on the show. 

Watch it all live online on the Rónán Beo @3 Facebook page.

Tune in to Rónán Beo @3 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Thursday 6 October 3 pm.

Permalink - Posted: October 4, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Zoë Conway │Dónal Lunny │Máirtín O Connor

Ballymaloe Grainstore
Sunday 16 October, 8pm

Three of the country’s most dazzling traditional musicians - fiddle player, Zoë Conway;  guitar and bouzouki player, Dónal Lunny; and button accordion master, Máirtín O’Connor - will come together in Ballymaloe Grainstore on Sunday 16 October.

Don’t miss this illustrious trio for what will be be an atmospheric and unforgettable night of music.  They’ll draw on an eclectic mix of the old and new where traditional tunes and songs meet each of their diverse influences and unique compositional voices.

Permalink - Posted: October 3, 2016 at 10:13 am
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