Willie Clancy Summer School: Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare

One word sums up the Willie Clancy Summer School experience – and that is, wonderful! There are fewer better opportunities available to fully embrace and participate in Irish culture than this week long camp. Celebrated in honour of the extraordinary musician Willie Clancy, the school has developed into a major traditional Irish music, song and dance event … More Willie Clancy Summer School: Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare

Quarter Block Party: North and South Main Streets, Cork

The winter months have traditionally been quiet for the historic spine of Cork City, with the post-Christmas lull seeing the un-gentrified stretch from Shandon Street to Barrack Street fall silent for traders and residents alike. Quarter Block Party, a multidisciplinary festival of arts and culture based in venues and properties on North and South Main … More Quarter Block Party: North and South Main Streets, Cork

Community Skratch Games: The Bierhaus, Galway

Galway has long been a centre of arts and culture in Ireland, the western capital playing host to venues like the Roisín Dubh and a thriving live music scene across the genre spectrum. But buried deep in its gigging calendar is a rare treat for hip-hop fans: Europe’s only live skratchology festival. Turntablists, MCs and … More Community Skratch Games: The Bierhaus, Galway

Roadburren Fleadh: The Burren, Co. Clare

The Burren and Lisdoonvarna area of Co. Clare is famous around the world for a few reasons. The Burren itself is a thing of scenic beauty, while Lisdoonvarna’s matchmaking festivals provide a pageant of humanity worthy of chronicling in a Christy Moore crowd-pleaser. Not the most likely spot for a festival of extreme and experimental … More Roadburren Fleadh: The Burren, Co. Clare

Celtic Celebrations: Tidings of the Seasons

Celebrate the Celtic four main seasonal festivals: Imbolc, Bealtane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. Imbolc takes place on the first day of February and it marks the spring season. Imbolc means ‘purification’, and it’s associated with Brigit, a pagan Irish goddess who later converted to Christianism and is regarded as a saint. During this celebration, the pagan … More Celtic Celebrations: Tidings of the Seasons