Possible presidential candidate Martin O’Malley: the presidency is “not some crown to be passed between two families”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The message from Democrats in South Carolina, delivered with that soft southern twang, is this: assume victory here at your peril.It’s 19 months out f(...)

David F Ross: ‘The Last Days of Disco is about people trying to make the best of things in difficult circumstances, their daily routines interrupted by unique turns of events that show them all to be fallible but also human.’

In 1982, I was 18 years old; the same age as the two principal characters in my debut novel, The Last Days of Disco. Revisiting this period of my life(...)

In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)

Perennial comparisons to the greats (Joni Mitchell, Carole King et al) would weigh heavily on any young songwriter’s shoulders. Perhaps that’s(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny: “Hands up, with his fists quickly opening and snapping shut, he looked like he was being bothered by fruit flies.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

But enough about Enda Kenny the god. Time to celebrate Enda Kenny the man. The Taoiseach was never going to live up to his advance billing on S(...)

Bruce Springsteen with his wife Patti Scialfa. The Boss may perform two dates in Croke Park this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Lord Mayor Christy Bourke has said a structure is needed to protect the rights of the local community around Croke Park, regardless of which artist(...)

Photograph: Benjamin Jessop/Getty

This is my final Irish Times column. After 14 years I’m finishing up, to pursue other writing. Frankly, I tried to write a valedictory piece that w(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

Bono on stage in Croke Park at the opening of the band’s Vertigo tour concert series in 2005. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

By this time tomorrow, we’ll know who will be playing Croke Park next summer. The announcement due on Friday morning from promoters MCD about next yea(...)

Irish comedian Aisling Bea is among those posing with Stephen Fry, host of the BBC’s QI. In Ireland, repeats of the panel show are the most popular programme on the channel Dave. Photograph: Brian Ritchie

Are you watching Geordie Shore on MTV, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on Nick Jr or extended- length repeats of QI on Dave? Perhaps not. Back in the n(...)