Date: Saturday 3rd February 2024.
Location: Newport National School.
Diarmuid began playing fiddle as one of the first students of the Scoil Acla Summer School revival in 1985. He has been long term member of the Dooagh Pipe Band for and was the chairperson and driving force of Scoil Acla from 2006 until 2017. He was heavily involved in the re-establishment of the Dooagh Fie & Drum Band in 2018. He was an executive producer of a short film entitled ‘Casadh na Taoide’ for the Achill International Harp festival which celebrated the strong links Achill has with Inishboffin, Inisturk, Clare Island and Árainn Mhór off Donegal.
During his time away from Achill Diarmuid played regularly with well-known musicians such as Francie Mooney, Dermot Byrne, Maireád Ní Mhaonaigh, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Diarmuid has performed at the Achill International Harp Festival collaboration concerts in 2016, 2017 and 2018 playing alongside world class artists including Allan McDonald, Mary MacMaster and Donald Hay (Scotland), Jean-Michel Veillon and Erwan Menguy (Brittany), Anxo Lorenzo, Xabier Diaz (Gallica) and Steve Cooney, (Ireland). Over the years Diarmuid has become an anchor musician and guide for the Wild Atlantic Music tours when they visit Achill, to date he has welcomed Eileen Ivers, John Whelan and Kevin Burke to Achill, organised and joined in sessions with them. He has made numerous appearances playing music and contributing regularly on TG4, RnaG and RTÉ radio and television.”