Brendan Behan: The Irish aren’t alone in making a lot of space in our lives for alcohol, but we’re ahead of the pack in embracing it. Men like George Best, Behan, Alex Higgins and Richard Harris make many of us feel proud largely because of their hellraising, not in spite of it. Photograph: Hulton Getty

There was a massive man with a massive reputation in Enniskillen. The story was that, in a single session, he could routinely knock back 20 pints and(...)

Peter O’Toole arrives at the 79th annual Academy Awards Nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills in February, 2007. Photograph: Gabriel Buoys/AFP/Getty Images.

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the late Peter O’Toole, describing him as a man of grace and genius, during a memorial event in Londo(...)

Peter O’Toole and Anthony Quinn in Lawrence of Arabia

For many decades, dispute has raged as to whether Peter O’Toole, who has died in London at the age of 81, was really born in Connemara. Many claim he (...)

Aerial dance theatre company Fidget Feet at the  launch of the programme of events for Limerick National City of Culture 2014 yesterday. Photograph: Seán Curtin.

Limerick’s reign as city of culture is expected to generate up to €100 million for the local economy.Key elements of the year-long programme aimed at (...)

The 20th anniversary tour of Riverdance will form the centrepiece of the City of Culture 2014 programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/the Irish Times

THE programme for Limerick’s reign as national City of Culture 2014 will be unveiled today by Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan. The 20th anniversary w(...)

Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

So, imagine that Twilight and Harry Potter got drunk together one night, lost all inhibitions and ended up falling foolishly into the same bed. Nine m(...)

As  the Sunday Independent’s social diarist, Trevor Danker wrote accounts of meeting Frank Sinatra for dinner in New York and of having a beer with the young Ben Dunne.
Obituary: Trevor Danker

Trevor Danker, who has died aged 74, was for many years a social columnist with the Sunday Independent (...)