Jim McCann in 1966: Photograph: Michael O’Reilly

“Strange how potent cheap music is,” Noël Coward observed. The career of Jim McCann, a folksinger who performed as a solo artist and a sometime member(...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

 Jim McCann, former singer with The Dubliners and the Ludlow Trio, has died aged 70.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Jim McCann, singer and former member of the folk group The Dubliners, has died at the age of 70.A member of The Dubliners from 1974-1979, Mr McCann al(...)

President Ronald Reagan and Ms Nancy Reagan during their visit to Ireland. President Reagan is drinking a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

It was a time when a Labour party in coalition with Fine Gael took a kicking in European elections, two cases involving the deaths of babies shook the(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

‘I’ve been dying for many years. My children are really fed up with it.’ Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage

Is it ageist to suggest that Billy Connolly neither looks nor acts like your average 71-year-old? Maybe. But it’s tricky to otherwise convey what a(...)

Jack Reynor in Gerard Barrett’s superb Glassland

Two years ago, Jimmy Deenihan, then Minister for Arts, turned up at the Galway Film Fleadh for the world premiere of Gerard Barrett’s Pilgrim Hill.(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank executive Pat Whelan leaves the Circuit Criminal Court, Dublin.

Patrick Whelan was an attentive figure throughout the 10 weeks of the first Anglo Irish Bank trial. Whelan, the former head of Irish len(...)

There’ll be an evening of Pete Seeger banter and song in Sandinos in Derry tonight, organised by anti-fracking activist Teknopeasant (aka Conor(...)

Sacred shrub

Seven-thirty on a Sunday morning is a time for going to bed, not for setting off on roadtrips. Whilst tucking into a rasher and puddin’ blaa, the sun (...)