The Wind That Shakes The Barley – Black And Tans Brutality Scene

Recently, in the Irish Free State, an issue has come to light regarding the historical perspective attached to members of the British colonial forces in Ireland during the early 20th century. It is now de rigueur to celebrate the involvements of tens of thousands of Irish “Nationalists” in the First World War, men who fought […]

Irish Ghosts & Hauntings by Michael Scott

Irish Ghosts & Hauntings by Michael Scott Ireland is a land haunted by many ghosts. Sometimes sadness seeps from the streams, and despair from the soil. A nation that has known one million deaths due to the effects of starvation in a short time will have stories to tell. But the tales that are shared […]

The Family On Paradise Pier – Semi-Biographical Novel By Dermot Bolger

The Family On Paradise Pier by Dermot Bolger The Goold Verschoyle family are not typical of Irish families in early 20th century Ireland. For one thing, they are descended from Dutch profiteers who arrived on the Emerald Isle centuries before to make their money in any way they could and became wildly successful and influential. […]

Matt McGinn – Bubblegum (Ft Ciara O’Neill)

The last line in this wonderful Irish song is “The Hunger Strikes have started”. It’s not often you get to hear references to one of the most tumultuous times in Irish history mentioned in a modern folk song. Bubblegum is a nostalgically emotive ballad that tells of one girl’s experiences of 1981. It was written […]

Padraic Colum – Irish Rebel Poet

Padraic Colum (Columb) was born on 8th December, 1881, in a Longford workhouse where his father was employed. He was the eldest of seven siblings and when his father moved to the USA in 1889, having lost his job, to take part in the Colorado Gold Rush, Padraic and his family remained in Ireland. His […]

Dessie O’Halloran – Say You Love Me (Irish Trad)

Ireland has produced many great musicians over the years. Some are internationally recognised. Most are not. There are a lot of musical entertainers on Erin’s Green Isle who are household names in Ireland and few other places. One of these is Dessie O’Halloran, a singer and musician from the tiny island of Inisbofin (Island of […]

Fairport Convention – She Moved Through The Fair (Folk)

This magical Irish folk song is of unknown origin, but with its earliest incarnations to be found in Tír Chonaill. It has a melody said by some to have Oriental influences, but this may be coincidental. It tells of a young man who speaks of his fiance with awe as she travels through places in […]

The Sun Is Burning – Luke Kelly (Ian Campbell Song)

This haunting song was composed and written by Scottish folk singer, Ian Campbell, and first released in 1963 but made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, who included it on their first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., one year later. It tells of the horrors of a nuclear blast and was written at a time when the […]

Altan – Maggie’s Pancakes (Irish Traditional)

Here’s a hit from the maestros of Irish music, Altan, from beautiful Tír Chonaill. This version of Maggie’s Pancakes is sure to get your feet tapping, probably enough to wear out the soles on your shoes. Altan are an Irish institution still encouraging audiences to kick up their heels after decades of success. Their longevity […]