Johnny Sexton would rather not be the public face of concussion, especially, as he pointed out, since when he’s been forced out of action it has been mostly due to other stuff. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The agenda behind Eddie Jones’s comments about Johnny Sexton’s parents being worried for their son’s welfare was painfully obvious. Subtlety is clearl(...)

Blackstar: rather than finish with the resounding echo of a final statement, David Bowie was cut off midsentence

In the space of two days David Bowie’s album Blackstar accrued extraordinary weight, emerging first as the musician’s latest record and then, suddenly(...)

Don’t be afraid: On my last evening with my father, just before he was transferred to Blackrock Clinic, I spoke to him about pretty much anything except what was about to happen. Photograph: RTÉ

In his book Without Feathers Woody Allen has a line that has become one of his most famous quips: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want (...)

Georgina Campbell photographed iwth her Bafta award  for her portrayal of a victim of domestic violence in Murdered by my Boyfriend. Photograph:   Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Sherlock might have won a gong but Benedict Cumberbatch again missed out on a television Bafta for his much-loved portrayal of the master detective.In(...)

Swansong: Clive James’s appearance on The Book Show, on RTÉ, provided the radio moment of the week. Photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

For all that it’s important to stay informed, tuning into the morning news is rarely conducive to a bright start to the day. When not depressing li(...)

Karl Miller  at an event in   Trinity College Dublin with novelists Janice Galloway,  Ron Butlin and  Alan Spence and poet Robin Robertson. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Karl Miller, who has died aged 83, will be remembered as the greatest British literary editor of his time, and one of the greatest ever. He founded, (...)

One suspects that John Pilger would greatly resent being thought of as any sort of fleshy institution, but the Australian journalist and documentar(...)

The family of James Hunt attend the premier of Rush at Odeon Leicester Square, London. Phptpgraph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

So Brian O’Driscoll resents Warren Gatland – well, d’uh: player P-O’d at coach for being dropped; whatever next? Child disappointed at not getting lol(...)

Multitalented: Clive James, photographed before his illness. Photograph: Rex Features

Clive James is a poet, critic, essayist, memoirist, broadcaster and translator of Dante. He came from Australia to London in 1962, hung out with count(...)