Christmas is coming. Here’s an idea! Socks in the Frying Pan!
Dec18

Christmas is coming. Here’s an idea! Socks in the Frying Pan!

Christmas is coming. Here’s an idea! Socks in the Frying Pan! This group was introduced internationally a couple years ago, right here on LI. They have exploded in popularity, and join We Banjo 3 at the top of the mountain as far as concert draws go right now! Their new album is Return of the Giant Sock Monsters From Outer Space, and it gives you an idea of this group’s sense of fun. They are award-winning musicians and...

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Revisiting Russborough House
Dec15

Revisiting Russborough House

As a Dubliner, I am constantly surprised at the historic buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes we have within a short distance of the city centre.  I love getting out for the day and taking in local history. In early October this year, liveireland visited Russborough House, and we fell in love with the place. If you are coming to Dublin in 2016 this is a must see. While the city centre hustles and bustles, just thirty...

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Chris Newman & Maire Ni Chathasaigh – Stroll On!
Dec14

Chris Newman & Maire Ni Chathasaigh – Stroll On!

Here is the best harp player in the music, and there are a lot of them who are terrific! She is Maire Ni Chathasaig, and here she is with her partner, Chris Newman, who some say is the best guitarist in the music, too! Whatever you say, they are magic. She is under heavy consideration for one of our major Awards here on LI to start the new year, and here you will hear!! She is the Queen of trad, but this cut is such fun. It was a...

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Cherish the Ladies Christmas Album Just Out
Dec11

Cherish the Ladies Christmas Album Just Out

Cherish the Ladies is just out with a brand new Christmas album, Christmas In Ireland. Lovely bit of business, altogether. Best of all, one of our favorite singers is on the album, Don Stiffe from over by Galway! This song from the album is called, The Christmas Letter. Beautiful melody by Cherish flute player and leader, Joanie Madden. The first verse is by the immortal Junior Crehan, with additional lyrics by Michael Scanlon....

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Fairytale of New York is almost 30 years old
Dec11

Fairytale of New York is almost 30 years old

Although not released until 1987, there is agreement among the band that “Fairytale of New York” was first written in 1985 (which would make the song 30 years old!).  The origins of the song are disputed: MacGowan insisted that it arose as a result of a wager made by The Pogues’ producer at the time, Elvis Costello,  that the band would not be able to write a Christmas hit single. However, The...

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Daithi, Mary Keanes Introduction (Official Video)
Dec10

Daithi, Mary Keanes Introduction (Official Video)

A woman is interviewed about life in County Clare when she was young. She speaks so openly of love and in such heartfelt tones that it’s put to music. Here is the music of Daithi, and the official video which is introduced as follows: Dotted along the coast of Ireland, there are lookout posts built during WWII as a means for Irish soldiers to keep an eye on the sea. Unintentionally, they have made a kind of treasure hunt for...

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National Geographic Names Dublin Top Ten Winter Trips 2015
Dec09

National Geographic Names Dublin Top Ten Winter Trips 2015

National Geographic Travel has named Dublin’s New Year’s Festival, (NYF), as one of the top ten Winter Trips (events) for 2015. The three day city-wide festival will now feature prominently on National Geographic’s Travel website and across all the National Geographic Travel social media platforms, including their twitter account @natgeotravel which has over two million followers. Also included in the list are, Vilnius, Lithuania, San...

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The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock “Lockout”
Dec09

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock “Lockout”

Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock combine elements of the Irish folk tradition with modern experimental rock sounds and have released two albums to date, 2008’s eponymous debut and 2012’s “The Brutal Here and Now”. “Lockout” is a new large-scale work by The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock about the 1913 Dublin Lockout. For this project the band are joined by an...

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ProdiJig; the Revolution in Irish Dance
Dec09

ProdiJig; the Revolution in Irish Dance

Remember when Riverdance hit the stage at Eurovision 1994? Ireland was on the up, the celtic tiger was in full overflow along with the Guinness and an enormous sense of optimism. The Irish dance purists were aghast at the site of Flatley, et al, waving their hands in the air with a “that’s just not on, what are they doing to our dance culture”. Well, it’s come full circle again with ProdiJig, Irish dance and...

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Teeling Whiskey Distillery Lights Up The Spirit of Christmas
Dec08

Teeling Whiskey Distillery Lights Up The Spirit of Christmas

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery, in the very heart of Dublin city, held their tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday with Dublin born actress Brenda Fricker switching on the lights as part of the celebration. Christmas Tree Lighting at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery​! from The Teeling Whiskey Company on Vimeo. Liveireland will be doing a full feature on the Teeling Whiskey Distillery for all you Whiskey lovers before the...

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