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Images of Aran more than a century ago

All great books begin with an arresting sentence. I remember as a boy being captivated by JM Synge’s opening sentence in what I consider his greatest work The Aran Islands, first published in 1907, two years before his death. It has not been out of print since:

Fifty years a-dancing

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The word ceili means a gathering of neighbours in one house, which emphasised the social nature of the gathering. This inevitably led to music, singing, and dancing, to people doing their party pieces. There were a lot of ceilis in Mick and Maisie Hession’s household on Kingshill in Salthill. Mick Hession was an uileann piper who played a number of other instruments as well, and he regularly had other musicians visit the house for sessions.

Gealóga – Mayo’s bright young musicians

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On Thursday June 13, Gealóga, a traditional music ensemble formed as part of the Music Generation Mayo - Music Residency Programme, performed for international delegates attending the Education Committee Meeting in Castletown House, Leixlip, a Department of Education and Skills event organised as part of Ireland’s EU presidency.

Family fun concert with Frank McNamara

FRANK MCNAMARA is best known to Irish audiences for being The Late Late Show musical director from 1979 to 1991, but he is a highly accomplished musician who has performed across the world.

Bank robbers, children, and Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

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OWEN ASHWORTH, the man behind the lo-fi electro-indie project Casiotone For The Painfully Alone admits he feels a certain amount of anxiety about the possibility of starting a family.


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