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Easter Rising 1916 – the event that changed Irish history

We’re now in the midst of the 95th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 – one of the most important events in Irish history. To mark the occasion, Irish Music Forever, has published a series of articles giving the background to the Rising, explaining what took place and analysing …

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Why American presidents love their Irish ancestry

President Barack Obama (Photo Pete Souza)

American presidents like John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Barack Obama may have numerous political differences but they all have one thing in common: they have all been keen to publicise their Irish ancestry. Why should they be so keen to promote their links with Ireland? Here’s an …

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Do you have a story about moving abroad?

Irish Music Forever has been approached by a television company asking for help in finding people to take part in a new TV show. The show is part of the hit series House Hunters International which airs on the US cable network channel HGTV. The show is also screened in …

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Dublin does Ireland proud for St Patrick’s Day

I’ve just got back from five glorious days in Dublin for the St Patrick’s Festival celebrations. What a show they put on … full of music, dancing and zest for life. It was a fantastic event – possibly the best to date. It seemed as though all of Ireland had …

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Music to Irish ears – Ireland 24 England 8

Irish fans found their singing voices tonight as Ireland chalked up a fantastic victory over England at rugby. The Fields of Athenry – the adopted anthem of Irish fans for rugby and soccer – rang out across the Aviva stadium as Ireland pulled off their surprise win. Our congratulations to …

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Obama to visit Ireland and assert his Irish heritage

Much has quite rightly been made of Barack Obama being America’s first black president but he has also been keen to assert his Irish heritage. Ok, it goes a long way back but his connection to Ireland is real. His great, great, great grandfather on his mother’s side came from …

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Queen’s visits Ireland

Ireland is to receive a state visit by The Queen – the first by a reigning British monarch since her grandfather George V ventured across the Irish Sea in 1911. George’s visit was very successful but it was followed a few years later by the Easter Rising and the war …

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Well done Ireland for beating England at cricket

Congratulations to Ireland for beating at cricket. Now I don’t pretend to know anything about cricket but I do know the Irish victory is of the biggest shocks the game has seen for many years. This report from the Guardian newspaper captures the sense of disbelief in the cricketing world. …

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Music set to the words of Irish writer Samuel Beckett

New York City Opera is staging what it calls a monodrama featuring words by the Irish writer Samuel Beckett set to music. The piece is a one-act opera called Neither. The music was written by Morton Feldman. Beckett is one Ireland’s greatest ever writers and is perhaps best known for …

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Irish living abroad urged to cast a symbolic vote

Leading Irish singer Christy Moore is more at home in the concert hall than the debating chamber but he’s obviously a democrat at heart. He’s alerted his fans to a website giving Irish people living abroad a chance to have a say in the coming General Election.

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