Surrendering to the yarragh: Van Morrison at Orangefield High, his old school in Belfast, in August 2014. Photograph: Exile Productions

Van Morrison’s music as I hear it holds a story – a story made of fragments. There is in his music, from the very first, a kind of quest: for the m(...)

Cian McDonald owner of the Grooming Rooms on South William Street. Photograph: Sara Freund

Best Salon The Grooming Rooms The barber business is booming now, but the Grooming Rooms were ahead of the curve, opening in 2007. Owners John Erra(...)

Number 1 Sorrento Terrace has spectacular views of Dublin Bay and is situated on the area’s most exclusive coastal strip 4:10

Dublin’s most expensive residential home – Number 1 Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey – has been sold. The high profile end-of-terrace property with spectacula(...)

John Banville, Eavan Boland (pictured above) and John Montague are among the line-up for a Yeats 150th anniversary event at the National Concert Hall next month.

Rebellion at Stinging Fly The deadline for submissions to The Stinging Fly February 2016 issue is this Friday, August 14th. In the Wake of the (...)

Brenda Fricker and Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. Photograph: Jonathan Hession/Ferndale Films

Brendan Gleeson describes the cassock he wore as Fr James in John Michael McDonagh’s movie Calvary. “I felt I had been given a visual image that ga(...)

Aidan Gillen: In his latest film, Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, he plays a troubled man, recently released from prison, who is forced to care for his alert, back-talking niece. Photograph: Reuters

Aidan Gillen is a versatile sort of fellow. Now 47, the Dubliner has barely rested since signing up with Dublin Youth Theatre three decades ago. He(...)

Tommy Tiernan, who was perfectly paired with Kevin Barry. Photograph: Nuala Grogan

With a line-up that includes interviews with an array of acclaimed authors, and workshops on publishing and the craft of the short story, there is (...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

U2 perform in Vancouver at the beginning of their new world tour.

Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness has said the band erred in giving away its last album to all iTunes subscribers whether they wanted it or not. Mr M(...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)