Jamie Heaslip: turning out for Leinster against Castres at the RDS. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
What’s on this weekend?

Shannonside Winter Music FestivalSpread across 15 different venues in Bunratty and Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, more than 150 musicians will be performing(...)

Try your hand at glamping in the Swiss Alps with White Pod Switzerland

Kinsale Campsites can be crowded but at Kinsale Glamping (glamorous camping) the yurt is in a world of its own, metres above the sea, and (...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? The Noble Call by Panti Bliss was a piece of unbelievably inspiring oratory. Serial, for fina(...)

Sister act: Dolly Parton’s sequinned dazzle achieves the same end in her world as Angela Merkel’s buttoned-down sobriety does in hers: it triggers emotional appeal. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

After almost a decade in office Angela Merkel is both the most powerful and, perhaps, the most understated woman in the world. With a huge 96.7 per (...)

Graham Norton: “The only thing you can learn from celebrities is how best to deal with being a celebrity.” Photograph: Fergal Phillips 5:32

As a child in west Cork, Graham Norton would prepare stories for future chat show appearances. “I had fascinating anecdotes to tell,” he says. “I had (...)

A replica of Dolly Parton’s childhood Smoky Mountain home at Dollywood in North Carolina.

My husband and I would like to take our three children (nine, 11 & 13) to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast during the mid-term break in Octobe(...)

Laura Kennedy: ‘I looked distinctly less intellectual. I was shocked by the fact that people treated me differently. Seeing a photo on Facebook, an ex emailed.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The late Maya Angelou declared that a woman’s hair is her glory. If she was right, then I’ve been wearing another woman’s glory all over Dublin. Wh(...)

The litter strewn around the Pyramid Stage area as the clean up operation begins on site at the Glastonbury Festival. Photograph: PA

For the past five days it has been home to some 175,000 people, but today the clean-up operation of Glastonbury Festival 2014 begins.Highlights of the(...)

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said it was not clear how many people were on the Glastonbury Festival site by last night, but in previous years around 80 per cent of ticket holders arrived on the Wednesday. Photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty Images 1:15

Glastonbury revellers woke up to sunshine today - but are likely to see heavy showers before the day is out.Thousands of festival-goers are already on(...)

The Beach Boys with Al Jardine (second from left) and Brian Wilson (centre) in November 1964. Thetwo will play together in Cork next month. Photograph: Getty Images

Fans of legendary group The Beach Boys are in for a treat next month with the news that original founding member, Al Jardine is to join his old bandma(...)