Teeling Whiskey Distillery
Jan08

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

The Teeling Whiskey Company was founded by brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling in 2012, with the aim to revive the family trademark of whiskey and to bring whiskey distilling back to Dublin. Teeling Whiskey distillery is Dublins first new distillery in over 125 years. As a whiskey lover and a Dublin native, I just had to check it out. It’s located in an ancient market square called Newmarket in the Liberties area of Dublin South...

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Saoirse Ronan named Best Actress at New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Jan06

Saoirse Ronan named Best Actress at New York Film Critics Circle Awards

The Irish actress wins prestigious award for her role in the period drama Brooklyn. Saoirse Ronan won the award for Best Actress at the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday night. The  Irish actress was recognised for her role in the John Crowley-directed film Brooklyn and was presented the award by Liam Neeson. The 21-year-old said it was the perfect role for her. She was actually born in the Bronx to Irish...

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A taste of Moxie
Jan04

A taste of Moxie

Last year, I was working in Temple Lane Rehearsals studios as a rock n’ roll tour guide. While I was working I would here different genres of music coming from the rooms. One day, really amazing traditional music got my attention. I asked one of guys working down there who the band were and they said Moxie – one of the best young traditional bands out there right here.  All hailing from Limerick/Sligo, Moxie are: Cillian...

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Discovering The Gloaming
Dec26

Discovering The Gloaming

Even before The Gloaming released their debut album in 2014, the Irish Times hailed them as “one of the great forces in Irish music.” The group has quickly become one of the world’s most renown live acts, performing to packed houses at the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Mexico City’s Teatro de al Ciudad, New York’s Lincoln Center, and WOMAD festivals worldwide, as well as selling out...

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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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Na Fianna – Unearthed
Dec07

Na Fianna – Unearthed

Celtic rock band, Na Fianna released their album, “Unearthed” this July. I had the pleasure of attending their album launch in Dublin (Paul Brady was in the audience!) and their music is well worth checking out. The band began in March 2007 and they quickly built a reputation for energetic and passionate performances on stage. In 2009, Na Fianna entered the All Ireland Talent Show on Ireland’s national television station,...

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Fia Rua – a folk artist worth checking out
Dec02

Fia Rua – a folk artist worth checking out

Last week I went to The Savage Jim Breen’s album launch in McAuley Place, Nass and the supporting artist was singer/songwriter Fia Rua. I had never heard of him until that night (he actually has three albums out). He released his third album last Summer and got very positive reviews. His lyrics are full of Irish soulfulness with an edge and his rhythm on guitar and bodhrán is exceptional.   As well as being a singer/songwriter,...

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Mutefish – Supernova
Nov25

Mutefish – Supernova

Mutefish are one of the best live contemporary, progressive folk bands in Ireland. Over the years I presented on Live Ireland, they were always one of my go to artists when I wanted to play something upbeat over the air. They fuse the musical sounds and cultures of Eastern Europe with traditional Irish influences resulting in an engaging melodic compilation of tracks. Each band member brings their distinct musical backgrounds and...

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Tupelo feat. Eleanor McEvoy song wins award
Nov18

Tupelo feat. Eleanor McEvoy song wins award

Last year Irish folk band Tupelo and singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy released a song together called ‘Yesterday’s News . It was from their album ‘Push On’. The music video (directed by Patrick Murphy) won an award this month for best music video at The Underground Cinema Awards in Dublin. As well as collaborating with Eleanor, the band have also performed with Irish traditional player Sharon Shannon. You can...

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The National Wax Museum Plus
Oct14

The National Wax Museum Plus

The National Wax Museum Plus has a variety of fun activities, designed to cater to people of all ages and walks of life. It is located at Foster Place in Templebar, Dublin. The reason the attraction is named “Plus” is because it is much more than a wax museum. Those expecting to see the best and most recent wax works in the world may be disappointed (this is not comparable to Madame Tussauds). Having said that, The...

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