One of the biggest celebrations of Irish music and culture is to take place in the middle of August in Cavan, Ireland.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann aims to establish high standards of traditional music.
It mainly features traditional music competitions but there are also concerts, parades, céilithe, street sessions and pageants. Competitions are held for all age groups from under 12s to seniors.
A former assistant of the Irish rock star, U2 bass player Adam Clayton, has gone on trial accused of stealing €2.8m from him.
The Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin heard that Carol Hawkins stole 181 cheques and used them to siphon the money out of his two bank accounts. She had been a signatory on the accounts and allegedly moved the money into her accounts between 2004 and 2008.
Barry Manilow has revealed that he is half Irish and expressed his regret that his family didn’t let him have a relationship with his Irish father.
The star, who was born in New York, was raised by his Jewish mother and grandparents.
He didn’t know his father because his parents got divorced when he was a baby and his mother’s side of the family didn’t want his father to play a part in his life.
Bono is set to become the richest rock star in the world this afternoon when Facebook finally starts trading on the New York stock market.
The star’s investment company, Elevation Partners, bought 2.3% of Facebook in November 2009 for $90m.
Shoppers walking through Dublin City Centre have been puzzled to see the iconic Molly Malone statue completely covered in gold cloth. (Picture courtesy of @pamille on Twitter)There was no sign to explain the sudden cover-up so what was going on?