Tuesday, June 15, 2021
ANOTHER feather was added to the cap of Scotland’s Irish diaspora recently as Lyn Crumlish won a prestigious writing award for her short story Grieve.  Lyn was one of five writers awarded first prize in the competition, held in conjunction...
Murray Leith & Jo Laing THIS month, we speak to the Dooley Brothers Band, who started playing music in 2015 in a little village nestled at the bottom of the Slieve Bloom mountains called Borris-in-Ossory, County Laois, in the heart...
Paddy Callaghan FOR a number of years, the percentage of the population in Scotland which held an Irish passport was fairly modest—driven by generations of Irish emigration to Scotland—but the numbers of passport holders has risen dramatically in relation to...
Mickey Mullan AS I SAT down to type out this month’s column, there was a palpable sense of excitement, because I knew that by the time it is published, the pubs will be open again—maybe only outdoors but, it’s...
Murray Leith & Jo Laing THIS month we interview a regular on our page, the mighty Ross Donegan (above), better known to audiences as Ross D. Ross is a talented musician from Kildare who started doing livestreams a year ago....
Lisa Marie Joyce THE importance of art and culture has been a central theme during this difficult past year. Since the onset of the pandemic, cultural organisations and artists have suffered from a lack of creative opportunities because of Covid-19...
Stephen Colbert WE IRISH are a travelling people. Ireland’s first inhabitants probably arrived from the south about 12,000 years ago, followed by migrants from what is now Portugal. Historian Turtle Bunbury’s new book, The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism,...
Paddy Callaghan IN TRADITIONAL music, one of the key mechanisms in aiding education is to involve competition. Since 1957, Comhaltas have been running Fleadhanna (Festivals) which centre around a network of competitions held regionally that feed into national and then...
Johnny Foley I’M NOT usually one for writing music profiles. I mainly devote my attention to things that I tend to talk about more often on an everyday basis—films, the latest TV series or football-related issues. While trawling through YouTube...
Mickey Mullan AS EASTER approaches and spring is in the air, we tend to see different drinking habits within the hospitality industry. Creamy pints of stout are replaced with ice-cold ciders and we are more interested in the weather than...
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