Molly Sterling performs on stage during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015  in Vienna on Thursday. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images

Ireland failed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest final tonight, despite a confident performance by Molly Sterling. The 17-year-old from Co Ti(...)

Molly Sterling from Ireland performs during the dress rehearsal for the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest  in Vienna. Photograph: Getty Images

Molly Sterling will need to put everything she’s got into her performance in Thursday night’s second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. (...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

Molly Sterling was one of only four of this year’s Eurovision acts to perform in ‘Pop Meets Opera’, a lunchtime concert headlined by star Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez and last year’s winner Conchita Wurst 1:47

Singing on the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper, one of the world’s great opera houses, is an honour that could crown a career. On Saturday, for 17-year(...)

Reign of Spain: Plácido Domingo. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

He has sung more than 140 operatic roles and made a record with Carlos Santana. He has run two opera companies, worked as a conductor, created an inte(...)

Over the past few days, gay-themed traffic lights have been installed across  Vienna. The traffic lights are intended to get the city in the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Gay-themed traffic lights are, apparently, getting Vienna into the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world’s most popular kitsch(...)

Tell me, do you Strictly? I have to admit to a particular addiction to the BBC Saturday night dancing extravaganza. Perhaps it’s the fact that it eats(...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)

‘From the mid-17th century – with the intensification of anti-Catholic persecution under Cromwell – the numbers of Irish religious in Prague increased. The 18 friars in 1634 had risen to more than 50 by 1654.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The story of the waves of emigration forced on the Catholic Irish by the consolidation of English Protestant power in Ireland in the 17th and 18th cen(...)

Belmond Grand Hibernian: the firm has refitted 11 Irish Rail carriages for luxury at a cost of $10 million.

Imagine the Orient Express, luxury dining cars in tow, steaming through Limerick junction – and not an Irish Rail ham sandwich in sight.It’s set to (...)