Melody Teixeira and Jamal Houmane of Casablanca Barbers. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, would appear to be the best street in Ireland. It’s certainly the(...)

Beer seller: craft brews at Martins in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m just outside Nassau Street, at the edge of Trinity College Dublin, when the tipsiness takes hold. Craft beer is my demographic’s typical drug of c(...)

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Brendan OCarroll  at the Ifta Gala Television Awards 2015. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Brendan O’Carroll was among the big winners at this year’s Ifta Gala Television Awards held last night (Thurs), when he received a Lifetime Achievemen(...)

Bite me: Rick (Andrew Lincoln, right) and fellow zombiphobes on The Walking Dead. Photograph: AMC Networks

The age of the vampires is over, thank God. Detached, day-sleeping, Eurotrash elites who fret over the correct jewel-encrusted goblet from which to(...)

Rufus Wainwright: ‘A lot of young male singer-songwriters were dying. I don’t know how I managed to dodge that bullet.’ Photograph: Brent N Clarke/FilmMagic

Every morning as a child, Rufus Wainwright would wake to the sound of his mother, Kate McGarrigle, playing the Goldberg Variations on the piano. “[(...)

Lord Sugar summons his retainers, Claude, bald and sullen like a vicious baby, and k-ARR-en, luxuriously coiffed like a pirate, to his sarcophagus (...)

Cecelia Ahern in Malahide, Co Dublin: “I’m not delusional about what I’m writing . . . I just think everyone should be given the chance to enjoy it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cecelia Ahern, author of The Marble Collector, a novel about a woman uncovering the secrets of her dementia-suffering, marble-collecting father, ha(...)

Paul, who sleeps in a doorway beside Burger King: homelessness is hell, says the former construction engineer, “the most horrible, horrendous, lonely experience you can have in your life”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Grafton Street is the most prestigious shopping thoroughfare in the country. Major brands are established there, in big-name department stores and chi(...)

Headband alert: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Maggie Smith as Violet in 'Downton Abbey'

I’ve been watching season six of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey (Wednesday, TV3) and time is zipping by as is Fellowes’ wont. It is now the distant(...)

Seán Moncrieff: ‘I had to go on the dole for a while, which was a surreal experience.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘The Irish are endlessly fascinated by themselves,” said Terry Eagleton. I first read this quote in The Irish Paradox by Seán Moncrieff, a book abo(...)