Just after Salut! Live had requested a review copy of the Sharon Shannon compilation - The Galway Girl: The Best of Sharon Shannon - and suggested an interview by e-mail, a visit to her own site brought this unwelcome news:
Sharon Shannon's partner, Leo Healy, died a sudden and unexpected death in Galway on 7th May 2008. Leo passed away peacefully in his sleep. The Healy family and the family of Sharon Shannon would ask for privacy and respect at this terrible time of grief
There is a pictorial tribute to Leo at Sharon's site.
The album is on its way and will be reviewed here in due course (though I am away for a fortnight from tonight and further postings here on any topic are unlikely before mid-June).
Sharon will understandably be doing no interviews for the foreseeable future. Salut! Live offers its sincere sympathy to her and both families.
NB: Some time later, Sharon did give a great interview to Salut! Live in which she described Leo as a "really good, loving, amazing person." See it at http://www.salutlive.com/2009/10/sharon-shannon-the-salut-live-interview-1.html