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Folk stars Villagers scoop Irish album award

Dublin indie folk band Villagers have won the Meteor Choice Prize for best album for their critically acclaimed 2013 record {Awayland}.

The band have shown potential and been a source of excitement among music fans since they formed in 2008. Their debut album, Becoming a Jackal, was also nominated for the Meteor Prize but was pipped at the post by Two Door Cinema Club.

Villages - Nothing Arrived

Villages – Nothing Arrived

Despite the success of their debut, songwriter Conor O’Brien was keen to move on and evolve. He said: “After two years of touring, I started feeling like the worst writer in the world. There wasn’t enough depth to maintain my interest every night. There’s no way I can sing “My love is selfish” a hundred time and it continue to feel pure and true.

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Sinead O’Connor to renew her wedding vows

Sinead O’Connor has announced that she is going to renew her wedding vows with her fourth husband Barry Herridge.

Sinead O'Connor at the 1989 Grammy Awards

Sinead O’Connor

The couple married in Las Vegas two years ago but separated after just 16 days. However, they remained good friends and their on again off again marriage is firmly back on track.

Herridge was there for his estranged wife last year when she fell ill. O’Connor said: “Barry has been my absolute harbour when seas were rough.

“In the last two months when I was extremely ill with kidney stones and other health frights, the man moved in here and minded me like a queen [which of course I am] without asking for anything but to be a friend.”

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U2 echo Beatles with rooftop gig

U2 have followed in the footsteps of the Beatles and performed a gig on a rooftop.

U2 on the rooftop of the Rockefeller Centre building

U2 on the rooftop of the Rockefeller Centre building

The band performed on top of the NBC’s Rockefeller Centre building in New York City for the Tonight Show. They were 71 stories high as they played a track from their new album – invisible – as the sun set on Manhattan.

Later in the studio Bono said to presenter Jimmy Fallon: “I want to be in that band” as he watched a recording of the performance on the big screen.

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Chieftains Sean Potts dies aged 83

Sean Potts, one of the founding members of the Chieftains and a towering figure in Irish music, has died at the age of 83.

Sean Potts of the ChidftainsHe was in the vanguard of the movement to rediscover traditional Irish music in the 1950s.

Potts was born in Dublin in 1930 and started playing the tin whistle at an early age. By his late teens he was one of Ireland’s most accomplished players and caught the attention of Seán Ó Riadá who formed the musical ensemble, Ceoltoiri Chualann.
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O’Dowd blast ‘racist’ X Factor viewers

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd has branded X Factor viewers ‘racist’ because he believes that black artists are voted off the show too early.

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Chris O’Dowd

Speaking to Britain’s Radio Times, the Bridesmaids star said: “Generally my favourites go out in the first few weeks.

“And, of course, because the viewing public is so racist, all the black, strong singers go out in round five every year.”

Some black X Factor contestants have spoken out about racial abuse they have suffered at the hands of online trolls.

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