Paul Kelly, Lilly Higgins and Anna Nolan from The Great Irish Bake Off at the launch of TV3’s autumn schedule at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

How keen is TV3 on rugby right now? Well, the climax to the broadcaster’s autumn launch event at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium featured Phil Coulter performi(...)

Jim McCann in 1966: Photograph: Michael O’Reilly

“Strange how potent cheap music is,” Noël Coward observed. The career of Jim McCann, a folksinger who performed as a solo artist and a sometime member(...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

Ireland’s players singing ‘Ireland’s Call’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland’s Call. It’s just a song, right? Four-line verse, four-line chorus, key change, four-line chorus again. Shoulder to shoulder, all that malarke(...)

Hozier: no theatrics, no posturing

One day in spring this year, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was walking down Parliament Street in Dublin with his guitar case. He had just returned from an Am(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and Feargal Murray. Photograph: Alan Betson

Camille O’Sullivan is a singer and actor. She became an architect and, after a near-fatal car crash in 1999, a full-time performance artist. She now t(...)

Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes celebrates winning gold in the light flyweight category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph: Ian McNicol/Inpho.

The BBC dedicated six channels to their coverage of the Commonwealth Games. For a conglomerate of minority sports, it got quite a showing.A corner of (...)

Kicking off last year’s Kilkenny Tradfest: Dervish, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Phil Coulter and more are in town for this year’s festival. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

You didn’t get a float ready in time; you’ve had your fill of vintage cars and floral tractors; green doesn’t suit you or crowds don’t agree with y(...)

Pat Hume with her husband and former SDLP leader John Hume and Bill Clinton walk across the Peace Bridge. Photograph: Jonathan Porter

We learned two things from Bill Clinton’s visit to Derry: the first was that the former US president wants politicians to get on with it and co(...)

Luke Kelly performing in a London club circa 1964. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns

Luke Kelly died 30 years ago today, aged just 43. His legacy consists of his own achievements, and his influence, which lives on in the intonations of(...)