I have never been lucky at raffles, the Lotto, or draws. But I won two ducks once. Delph ducks. The kind that cannot swim, fly, or be eaten. I was a(...)

Revellers on the razz at the Barn Dance festival at Glendalough House in Annamoe this evening. Photograph: Rory Coomey

There is no day in the year an incorrigible party-goer dreads more than Good Friday. The secularisation of Irish society has obliterated(...)