Conor McDonald in action for Wexford in an Under-21 match against Dublin. He’s a player that gets supporters excited. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Con Houlihan had some habits that lesser writers couldn’t get away with over the course of the most glittering sports-writing career this country has (...)

 Martina Topley-Bird performs with Massive Attacks. Photograph:  EPA/Jean-Christophe Bott

First Aid KitThis Swedish folk duo are almost unlikely stars, but there is something effortlessly charming about their simple guitar and keys combo an(...)

Fans enjoy another hot day at Longitude festival at Marlay Park in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Allen Kiely

At Sunday night at Longitude, Massive Attack showed that even at a festival for youngsters, you don’t need to be spring chickens to show how it’s don(...)

Ian O’Riordan with his signed album at the spot on Dublin’s Leeson Street where he met Dylan in 1995

The plan was to hang around the Point Depot for the afternoon and act like one of the roadies. There is no easy way of getting to Bob Dylan, only t(...)

Dolly Parton is one of the artists due to play in  the 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which continue until July 22nd.  Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which got underway last night, continue to grow in strength, with ticket sales often outperformi(...)

Real gone kid: George Ezra. “I realised it was only going to happen if I gigged as much as I could and let people know about me. I had to make a conscious decision to get off my arse and do it”

George Ezra doesn’t keep a count of the gigs he’s done, but he does remember some more clearly than others. Like a gig in Derry last year when he ende(...)

Brian Conaghan’s advice to aspiring authors: “If you can’t handle oodles of rejections then best to pack it in now. Otherwise, stop talking about wanting to write that book of yours and just do it”

Brian Conaghan was born in 1971 and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge. He gained a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the Universit(...)

Adam Granduciel: “I was shaking during the mixing. People around me thought I was going crazy.”
War on Drugs win this round
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Adam Granduciel puts a lot of pressure on himself. The musician invested so much in Lost in the Dream, a sprawling rock album hailed as one of the yea(...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

He flew in from Ukraine. I went to meet him at the airport, although he wasn’t expecting me. I had planned to stand in arrivals with a sign saying (...)