‘Back in the 1990s I told Judith Woodworth [above], then the director of the NCH, that music itself was way down the agenda in the hall’s own promotional activities. Her response was unexpected.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

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Love conquers: Pádraig O’Toole and Mary O’Hara in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The bride forgot her wedding dress and had to drive 30 miles to fetch it. The groom left his suit hanging behind his bedroom door, across the Atlan(...)

A humanoid robot at a trade fair in Hanover, Germany. “Technology insiders, who are largely optimistic about the impact of innovation, point out that if you’re in a middle-class profession – an office clerk, a bank teller or a pharmacist – then you’re in for an uncomfortable future.” Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

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Kildare Dobbs: committed much of his abundant life to the written word and was the most genial of companions.

Seamus Heaney once said that nobody had done more to welcome and assist Irish writers in Canada than Kildare Dobbs, who made his own livelihood(...)