“Of course there was a lot of audience clapping – none of it quite in time with the music.” Photograph: Kate Geraghty

(...)’s one of tunes where any clapping needs be on the off-beat – a skill surprisingly few people have(...)

If you were born in October or November today might be as good a day as any to start paying extra special care when getting behind the steering wheel.(...)

The men, all friends from Wesley College in Ballinteer, worked for a year to save money to buy the 2006 Honda CRV which they will now leave behind as a community vehicle in Mongolia. Photograph: 46A to Mongolia Facebook page

Five men, 20 countries, three deserts, two seas - “one crazy idea”. Whether it’s staying in Soviet-era hotels, bribing border guards with cigarettes o(...)

Gavin Power, from Waterford with his Sheepdog pup Kap at the trials in Tullyvolty, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: The Irish Times 3:08

Ireland’s best sheepdogs sprinted, ducked and crawled on Thursday in the battle to win a spot on the national team to compete in the international tri(...)

 Ciarán Hussey in Mongolia. Hussey is cycling home from Japan with his girlfriend Laura McMorrow.

What better way to make your way back from Japan to Ireland than by bicycle? Most people may not be too keen on the idea of cycling over 10,000km,(...)

John Waters, it’s an off-beat satire on middle class America, featuring transvestite actor Divine(...)

Catherine Dunne and the Italo-Irish anthology, Lost Between: “All writing is an act of translation – of experience into words, image and metaphor”

(...), and sometimes startling. The observations we find there are frequently offbeat, slyly humorous, and(...)

Atticus Lish avoids sentimentality by limiting access to his characters’ thoughts and focusing instead on their raw and often painful experiences, and the resulting tale is sympathetic, disturbing and unusually powerful

(...) is the creation of a vividly-drawn, offbeat female heroine: Zou Lei is pragmatic, loyal and(...)

‘When it comes to the marine, we’ve a pretty good record of selling off the family silver, or even giving it away.’ Above, John Fitzgerald takes Lorna Siggins on a seaweed foraging tour. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

(...) be a bit of an offbeat way to spend a morning or afternoon.” Fitzgerald, a licensed skipper, also(...)