Maeve Higgins in New York last year: ‘This place is at its most charming when it refuses to obey the laws of nature.’ Photograph: Michael Nagle

The thing is, I hate being late. When you’re late, everybody can see that you are a disorganised mess, unable to deal with adult life. And that’s e(...)

Professional tennis player James Blake was tackled to the ground and handcuffed by New York police officers for an offence he did not commit.

It was the kind of startling episode that Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to eliminate: a black man tackled to the ground and handcuffed by police officer(...)

Robbie Keane’s five goals in two matches against Gibraltar have enabled him win back top scorer slot in  history of European qualification matches from Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Andrea Pirlo was one of the classiest midfield playmakers in Europe for more than a decade, but it turns out that doesn’t count for much in Major L(...)

Oliver Sacks undoubtedly drew from life in his writings though he may have used a measure of embellishment when it suited his purpose. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(With his absorbing and accessible yet profound accounts of neurological cases and conditions, Oliver Sacks, who has died aged 82, brought the clinica(...)

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died aged 82. Photograph: Getty Images

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Wh(...)

‘Over the last 15 years, I have gained a black belt in the art of Pretending I’ve Seen The West Wing.’ Martin Sheen as President Bartlett. Photograph: Warner Bros/Getty Images

The West Wing was dreadful. Among cultural entities that sensible people recommend that TV show might just be the most irredeemable. Yes, I really am (...)

Max Joseph’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ stars Zac Efron as a young DJ perfecting his art in the contemporary San Fernando Valley

Here’s a funny thing. It is more than 30 years since the first incarnations of house music emerged in and around Chicago. We are now as distant(...)

There was a time in Ireland when ice-cream was a simple affair. People could chose from a vanilla cone – with a flake and sprinkles if their ship h(...)

Derek Quinlan, for chairman of Quinlan Private outside Claridges in London in 2006. Photographer Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, was appearing before the banking inquiry on Thursday. Mr Quinlan,(...)

Cafes on South William Street: Dublin made it to fourth place in the Matador network’s list of the world’s best cities for coffee lovers and is hosting the world barista championships next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council has set up a working group to examine the various issues relating to cafes and restaurants replacing city centre shops, in the wak(...)