San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (left) can’t avoid  Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Photograph: Paul Buck

Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver B(...)

Laois rose Teresa Brennan with Dáithí Ó Sé on stage during Rose of Tralee International Festival in the Dome, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

The Rose of Tralee is usually immune to every passing fad, but this year it has decided to make an exception. Host Dáithí Ó Sé had a bucket of iced w(...)

 Kyle Catlett proposes to then  New Orleans rose Molly Molloy Gambel live on air during the  Rose of Tralee last year. They have since married and are in Tralee for this year’s festival. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

One year on from the day of that live Rose of Tralee marriage proposal, former New Orleans Rose Molly Molloy Gambel and her now-husband Kyle Catlett h(...)

Sarah Harrington from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, cheers as her side wallop Cork to the dismay of Anna Geary. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

There were decidedly mixed emotions this afternoon as Roses from Cork and Tipperary watched the All-Ireland semi-final together in Tralee. Anna Geary (...)

Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today. Photograph:  Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.

Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today.Nagin was f(...)

Ray Davies with author Joseph O’Connor at the National Concert Hall last night as part of the Dublin Writers Festival.

The Kinks front man Ray Davies said his best songs wrote him rather than the other way round. Davies spoke about his new book Americana last night at (...)

Black and blue: Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach

How do you follow up an album that has sold millions, won Grammys, taken you into arenas and given you seemingly overnight success a decade on from yo(...)

Laura Lippman: bestselling author who sparked the recent “no make-up selfie” phenomenon

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know each of her novels has hit the New Y(...)

In pensive mood: Michael Smurfit, from his autobiography A Life Worth Living

Two months after Michael Smurfit was born, on August 7th, 1936, his father John Jefferson Smurfit set up shop as a tailor. Born a Protes(...)

SXSW Film: Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau  in  “Chef”
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The South By Southwest festival gets most attention for its musical and interactive components, but SXSW Film has been running in Austin since (...)