Rosemary Mac Cabe (centre) singing at Gardiner Street Gospel Mass. Photograph: Gavin Crosby

I applied to formally defect from the Catholic Church in late 2009 on the back of a campaign by the now defunct website countmeout.ie – which cease(...)

Mary Hampson, from Coventry in England cheers home Hurricane Fly on the final day of the Leopardstown festival in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It has been a testing week for members of the Come Home Sober syndicate. To see their horse win once at the Leopardstown festival might have been cons(...)

The departures area at Dublin Airport. Emigration is again having a dramatic economic and social impact. Photograph: Frank Miller

It had been an ambition of mine for some time to persuade RTÉ producer John O’Regan to come to the Kennedy Summer School to talk about making the phen(...)

‘When people ask me what kind of singer I am, I find it hard to answer . . . I always say I’m a folksinger. ‘Folk’ is a huge umbrella – I’m not(...)