In 1997, David Bowie was in Dublin rehearsing for the Earthling tour when he played a secret gig for 300 people. Photograph: Reuters/Andy Clark/Files

It was Ireland in May 1997, and 300-odd people (some of them very odd) were stuffed into the rehearsal room at the Factory. David Bowie was in Dublin (...)

Dylan McGrath, Jim McGuinness and Chris O’Dowd at the launch of Arthur Guinness Projects, a major new cultural initiative that will champion Ireland’s talent and creativity. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Guinness has unveiled a €3 million funding scheme for innovative Irish projects in arts, sports, music and food.The Arthur Guinness Projects will off(...)