Listen up: The Rossmeister speaks, in his new weekly audio column

There’s something different about my old man. There’s something definitely different about him – I just can’t put my finger on it. “So,” he goes, “wha(...)

I get a phone call from Xu Yanlu, the woman who teaches my daughter Mandarin and advanced guqin zither, inviting me and Sorcha up to the school for(...)

‘Oh my God,” Sorcha goes, “it’s actually getting worse?” Her face and neck have broken out in psoriasis, which she’s putting down to switching quinoa (...)

Honor spent the last four weeks of her life preparing for Heroes, a Mount Anville and Willow Pork joint stage production, in which she and a bunch of (...)

Amie with an ie is mid-story when I arrive. I’m standing at the bor, listening in. She’s talking about the time she went to Tesco to do the weekly gro(...)

Unless you’ve spent the last seven days of your life under the covers with the curtains drawn and the electricity switched off, you’ll know all about (...)

The old dear sees me standing on her front doorstep and she’s on the straight away defensive. She’s like, “What do you want?”Seriously, you wouldn’t w(...)

We’re chaperoning Honor on her first actual date. For South Dublin parents, it’s one of those landmork days in your daughter’s life, like her first visit to the orthodontist, or the first time she arrives home from studying in a friend’s house with the faint smell of spirits off her breath.

From the moment Sorcha walks through the front door, I know that something is wrong. I haven’t seen her face so drained of colour since Brown Thoma(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

Even after 40 years of friendship, the old man and his solicitor still greet each other with a hug – it’s a way of both expressing affection and check(...)

The seats have been put out – 300 of them, with a glossy brochure on each one. There’s, like, music in the room – we’re talking, like, Vivaldi? – and (...)