Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)

Shane Moloney of Galway scores the winning point in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh hurling, how could we doubt you? We worthless curs, we ignorant daws. We’ve spent the summer grumbling at the lack of a decent game and instead of (...)

Youth development: a concept graphic of the  proposed all-island tall ship. © Dykstra Naval Architects and Damen

Plans for an all-island tall ship to replace Asgard II have been unveiled by a cross-Border trust which has been working on the project for the past(...)

Rory McIlroy: has had to withdraw from the Scottish Open due to ankle injury. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Further scans in the coming days will likely determine if Rory McIlroy, the world number one, will be sufficiently fit to defend his British Open t(...)

Lansdowne celebrate their triumph in the rugby Ulster Bank League Division 1A final at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The result distorts the lingering image, the colour of victory against the monochrome of defeat. Players and coaches often speak about learning more (...)

Lansdowne celebrate their 18-17 win over Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Clontarf 17 Lansdowne 18The topsy-turvy manner in which the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final panned out guaranteed a level of tension that was eve(...)

Ireland under-19s beat France 13-10 in Marcoussis. Photograph: FFR

Ireland beat France 13-10 in the first of two Under-19 internationals between the countries at the French training base of Marcoussis, just outside Pa(...)

Richie Hogan and Cillian Buckley will be rested for Kilkenny this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Holders Kilkenny will be significantly under-strength for Sunday’s Division 1A match against Clare in Nowlan Park. Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan, wh(...)

Philip King of Other Voices: ‘In the west of Ireland and in west Kerry, there is a new leaving and exodus going on.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Seismologists in the US have noticed strange tremors and shakes coming from across the Atlantic, where the ocean meets landfall on the edge of Europe.(...)

Chart-topping lecturers: Kieran McGuinness of Delorentos and James Byrne of Villagers, who teach at BIMM. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is it distracting when your lecturers are world-famous, chart-topping musicians? Earlier this month, students at the British and Irish Modern Music(...)