Andrew O’Hagan: “You’d have sympathy for people’s sense of ownership [of their own stories], but you wouldn’t want to give into it.”

In a talk at the Abbey’s Theatre of Change Symposium on Friday writer Andrew O’Hagan posed the question: does your own life story belong to you? One(...)

Marilyn Monroe: her 1955 new year’s resolutions included a heartbreaking committment to go more regularly for analysis. Photograph: Hulton Archive

So it’s New Year’s Day and you’ve just woken up in a friend’s bath covered in glitter and soup. Hurray. It’s 2016, and time to be getting on with you(...)

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(...)

Reputedly the oldest Irish international rugby jersey in the world, estimated at €25,000-€35,000

A fascinating mix of sport and entertainment memorabilia will go on view at Whyte’s on Molesworth Street, Dublin, from Friday, December 11th, ahead of(...)

Playwright Arthur Miller with wife Marilyn Monroe. File photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Anyone fortunate enough to have met dramatist Arthur Miller, who was born 100 years ago today in Harlem, New York, invariably agrees he was a warm,(...)

Magazine founder Hugh Hefner has agreed to the changes including not publishing images of naked women. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Playboy is to stop publishing pictures of naked women, saying easy access to such images online means they are “passé”. The magazine famed for its bun(...)

Attractive myth: slinky starlets wear T-shirts portraying Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain or Jim Morrison. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

The only way to make any kind of real art, apparently, is to suffer for it. This is how a real artist lives, or so I’ve been taught. The artist as a b(...)

Don McLean in Dublin recently. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Don McLean (69) grew up in New Rochelle, New York state, and began performing on the folk circuit as a teenager in the 1960s. He gained considerabl(...)

Military drones: The level of automation in military UAVs is becoming sophisticated, and matches the capabilities of elite military pilots. Photograph: US Navy/Jeffrey S. Viano

Norma Jean Dougherty worked in a factory near Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles which manufactured the first mass-produced radio-controlled aircraft mod(...)

Stephen Fry (57) and the man he recently married, Elliott Spencer (27). Photographs: Niki Nikolova/Filmmagic

Age-gap relationships are and always have been controversial, but if you are limiting the pool you choose a mate from by age, you could be losing o(...)