A grave can be anything from 4 to 10 feet deep. “The gravediggers used to get paid by the foot and they’d always be delighted to get a 10-footer.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

How mean-spirited would you have to be to have the flaws of your wife carved onto her gravestone as soon as she goes to her eternal reward? Such a mea(...)

Certain dinner parties are great places for life advice. Just throw out a conundrum over the Rougail saucisse and everyone can dispense their pa(...)

As a child, the lyrics of that late 1950s Johnny Cash song My Grandfather’s Clock led me to believe that everybody’s grandfather possessed a grandfat(...)

This photo,  courtesy of Chris Hamilton PhD, shows the Johnny Cash spider(Aphonopelma johnnycashi) found near Folsom Prison in California. Photograph: Chris Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images

Scientists have named a new species of tarantula after country music legend Johnny Cash. Aphonopelma johnnycashi was discovered in California near (...)

The cast of And Then There Were None, in which an excellent Aidan Turner gets all the best lines

It will not come as a great shock to discover that veteran Eastenders writer Tony Jordan is the man behind BBC’s ambitious Dickensian (BBC One), a spr(...)

Michael D Higgins and Joe Jackson: In the interview, Mr Higgins highlighted his belief that culture can be a site of ideological struggle and that art can be used in a hegemonic sense.

These days Michael D Higgins is restricted by the Constitution and presidential propriety in terms of what he can say in public. In 1993, however, h(...)

Passion: Zhu Xiao-Mei learned how to play Bach in a Chinese labour camp

She is tiny, elegant, dignified. Her hair, immaculately bobbed, glows like silk. Her silk outfit, charcoal with a touch of saffron at collar and sl(...)

 Musicians Philip Donnelly, left, and John Prine

Philip Donnelly is an Irish musician, singer/songwriter and music producer who spent over a decade working in the US after touring there with Donov(...)

Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

The Samuel Beckett Bridge over the River Liffey, Dublin, was closed to facilitate the filming of a music video for an up and coming band called Summer Nights, apparently. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The company behind a major film production which saw the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin closed for almost 24 hours on Sunday has claimed it was makin(...)