Scribes gather for Limerick Literary Festival
Feb29

Scribes gather for Limerick Literary Festival

Internationally acclaimed writers Louis de Bernières, Tim Pat Coogan, Claire Keegan, Judi Curtin, Kevin Myers and Donal Ryan are included in an impressive line-up of participants in this year’s Limerick Literary Festival which will be officially launched tomorrow (Friday, 26 February 2016) and will continue through Sunday. The Festival, formerly known as The Kate O’Brien Weekend, has been held annually since 1984 in honour of the life...

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Nova Scotia J.P. Cormier
Feb29

Nova Scotia J.P. Cormier

Nova Scotia J.P. Cormier is the best multi-instrumental musician in the history of acoustic folk, including most importantly, Irish music. Many of his albums feature a wide variety of his tunes (he is a wonderful singer), with him playing every instrument you hear on the backing tracks. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, piano. He is a master. We’re sure we’ve left some instruments off the list! If you listen to the Bill...

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Ah Mayo, you couldn’t beat it with a stick!
Feb26

Ah Mayo, you couldn’t beat it with a stick!

Croagh Patrick’s history as a place of worship reaches back in time as far as 3,000 BC. The mountain’s popularity among religious pilgrims dates to the time of St. Patrick, who is said to have completed a forty-day Lenten ritual of fasting and penance here. Legend also has it that Croagh Patrick is the mount from which he banished snakes from Ireland forever! FOR MORE : http://www.croagh-patrick.com Facebook:...

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Runa Celtic Roots
Feb24

Runa Celtic Roots

Irish music and culture in America has always been a two-way street, moving music and musicians back and forth across the watery main. Philadelphia’s Irish-American roots band, RUNA, embodies this movement with their new album, Current Affairs, drawing equal inspiration from both the deep and ancient roots of the Celtic tradition and the modern reality of the Irish in America. On Current Affairs, RUNA, draw from their own family...

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Ireland’s Ancient East: Trim Castle
Feb23

Ireland’s Ancient East: Trim Castle

Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress....

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Capercaillie
Feb22

Capercaillie

Here’s another super group that is well loved on LiveIreland. Capercaillie. The group has undergone a lot of changes since its inception over 30 years ago in Oban and the Western part of Scotland. A “Capercaillie” is a small wood grouse, native to Scotland. For students of Scottish geography, the band could also be said to originally be from the Argyll section of Scotland. Wherever they are from, they have been...

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Food on the Edge – A taste of Ireland’s unique food culture
Feb22

Food on the Edge – A taste of Ireland’s unique food culture

Some of the top chefs from across the world came to Galway last year to speak at Food on the Edge 2015 – a two day symposium for chefs and food enthusiasts. Among them were Michelin Star Chef Tom Aikens, ‘Tom Aikens’ London , Phil Wood, ‘Rockpool on George’, Sydney, Brandon Baltzley ‘Ribelle’ Boston, Alessandro Porcelli ‘Cook it Raw’ Italy and John & Connie De Sausa ‘Charcut’ Calgary –  many of whom have never been to...

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Celtic Grass JigJam
Feb19

Celtic Grass JigJam

Celtic Grass JigJam They’re out of Co. Offaly and they are terrific. JigJam by name. Three young guys who are, by many lights, the next step in the Irish/Bluegrass/Americana wave that has swept Irish music and Irish festivals recently. Make no mistake, JigJam is primarily bluegrass-and the best bluegrass band ever out of Ireland. But, they are more. Irish trad is, of course, all over their music. How could it not be? Irish music...

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Giant’s Causeway rocks into world heritage sites list
Feb17

Giant’s Causeway rocks into world heritage sites list

Giant’s Causeway rocks into world heritage sites list The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s famous World Heritage Site, has been ranked one of the most beautiful heritage sites in the world. The natural wonder has been included at number six on a list of the 20 most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites by internationally influential travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler. UNESCO has over 1,000 locations on its prestigious World...

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Haunting Rendition Of Mo Ghille Mear
Feb17

Haunting Rendition Of Mo Ghille Mear

Haunting Rendition Of Mo Ghille Mear The UCD Choral Scholars released their debut international recording on Signum Records on 11th December 2015 (USA and Canada – 12th February 2016). The disc, entitled Invisible Stars is an enchanting collection of traditional and contemporary choral music from Ireland and Scotland and features arrangements and new compositions by some of Ireland’s most celebrated composers for choir, including...

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