Possibly the best Guinness Christmas Ad Ever
Dec18

Possibly the best Guinness Christmas Ad Ever

Guinness are not only famous for their black stout, they produce some of the best blockbuster ads for Christmas on this side of the Atlantic. With an annual turnover in sales of $6 billion that should come as no big surprise.                 Still, we can’t but help reminisce about their best Christmas Ad ever circa 2011. I wish one of my favourite streets; Parliament Street, really did...

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August sunshine on the Wild Atlantic Way
Aug16

August sunshine on the Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland is experiencing a last summer hurrah and the Wild Atlantic Way is in full glory with day trippers and our 2 week break holiday makers from all over the country and abroad. Picture by @tim_mc78 of Barleycove Beach in Cork one of the most breathing taking beaches of the #WildAtlanticWay #westcork #barleycove #wildatlanticway #lovecork #Ireland #Travel #Corklike #lonelyplanet A photo posted by Wild Atlantic Way...

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Flat Out Half Empty Half Full
Jul04

Flat Out Half Empty Half Full

Flat Out are a young, energetic band from Ballina, County Mayo in the West of Ireland. The group comprises of cousins Ciara O’Donnell and Mark O’Donnell, plus friends, Brid O’Donnell and Harry Lawlor. They formed in 2013 and have gained great momentum since then. Winners of the 2014 ‘Le Crunch Apple of my Eye’ competition in association with Today FM, this has allowed them to perform in many great venues around Ireland and abroad. In...

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Molly’s Revenge: Lift
May12

Molly’s Revenge: Lift

Traditional Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian, French, and old time American tunes have never sounded so alive and insistent. California-based Celtic band Molly’s Revenge announces “Lift,” a new album featuring a sparkling array of the band’s unusual and arresting aural folk art.   In early 2016 the band retreated to the NorCal coast, where they worked night and day to put together a record that could surpass the...

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Cuig, New Landscapes
Apr18

Cuig, New Landscapes

A FRESH, UNIQUE AND VIBRANT SOUND THAT MOST BANDS TAKE YEARS TO ESTABLISH. TALENT HANGING OUT OF THEM! A TRULY BRILLIANT TRAD BAND.” – NIAMH DUNNE (BEOGA) Cuig just launched their new album “New landscapes” Cúig, formed in late 2013, have established themselves among the most promising artists on the Irish traditional music scene.  They incorporate Breton, Galician and American bluegrass tunes into their music...

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Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny To Play Droichead Arts Centre 27th May
Apr13

Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny To Play Droichead Arts Centre 27th May

Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny To Play Droichead Arts Centre 27th May Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny are uniting for an evening of great music, a mixture of traditional songs, and originals composed by Andy. Between them, Irvine and Lunny have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Mozaik. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the...

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Limerick hosts Pan Am workers reunion
Apr11

Limerick hosts Pan Am workers reunion

Stories and experiences of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and its unique relationship with Foynes are being shared in County Limerick where more than 350 former workers and associates of the airline have gathered. Organised by Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and supported by Fáilte Ireland and the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau the event, which runs tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 April) through Friday, represents...

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Mossy Nolan, A Real Breath Of Fresh Air
Apr11

Mossy Nolan, A Real Breath Of Fresh Air

It’s hard to place Mossy Nolan in the contemporary Folk / Trad scene, but for my money he’s the biggest breath of fresh air since that Planxty gig at Vicar Street circa 04. Next to The Spook of the 13th Lock, Nolan and a host of other contemporary Folk groups are changing the “Trad gig” scene for the better. Can’t wait for more. Mossy’s website here (Check out the 2 flats 1 pump track. Unreal) Live...

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Arum
Mar22

Arum

Arum is an exhilarating four-piece band packing a thrilling repertoire of original and exploratory compositions. With their roots deep in traditional music, Arum is anchored by the wizardry of Conor Crimmins on flute, Alan Reid on Banjo/Bouzouki, Karen Hickey on fiddle and Martin Barry on Guitar and vocals. Arum are a band that are bringing some new adventures to Irish music. Melodies are intertwined with fascinating counter melodies...

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Byrne and Kelly
Mar07

Byrne and Kelly

What began as Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly performing a series of shows together called ‘Acoustic By Candlelight’ back in 2012 has turned into what is now known as Byrne and Kelly. Driven by dynamic vocal harmonies, the duo seamlessly dives into combining genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, Celtic folk sound. In 2013 Byrne and Kelly was awarded ‘Best Duo in a Concert,...

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