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(...)

If you’re Irish, then at some point on March 17th you may feel moved to song. It can intensify the emotions you’re feeling about the motherland and h(...)

“1916 always seemed like this huge mythical thing for me”: Jimmy Sheeran and John Colbert

History always remembers the big events and the important names, but the stories of the bit players should not be forgotten. This viewpoint was the st(...)

Graham Barrett: ‘What is most frustrating is that the reasons we are so far behind are as clear as day. Our structures are outdated and they have been failing us for a long time, yet we still dance around the subject and pretend that we are doing something, when the reality is that we are not doing nearly enough.’

I believe there are huge issues at grassroots/underage level within Irish football - issues that are either not given enough recognition, underplayed (...)

Amid the commemorative events marking the 1916 centenary, Rising makes an intriguing contribution with its collection of human stories. James Sh(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams casts his ballot at the Dulargy National School in Ravensdale. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/AFP/Getty Images

Gerry Adams may have had his battle bus touring the countryside on the campaign trail, but when it comes to actually getting the vote out, you can’t b(...)

Luke Kelly: “someone saw him in the street and asked him to play”. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns

Dublin in the 1960s had many folk clubs and sessions, but Foxrock Folk Club was different. For a start it wasn’t in a city-centre basement. And it was(...)

We’re all aware that the local can be global and vice versa. These archive recordings (from Cornelscourt Parish Hall), offer an occasionally intrigui(...)

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(...)

Eugene Kavanagh, who has died aged 76, was of the sixth generation of his family to continuously own and run one of Dublin’s most famous pubs, John Ka(...)