Actor Richard Harris addressing a Limerick University campaign rally  in 1969. Photograph:  Limerick Leader Archive

Richard Harris would delight in the idea that Limerick has become home to an international film festival hosted in his name. Harris, who once laughin(...)

Still waiting . James Reilly at a 2011 press conference committed to abolishing the HSE by 2016 and delivering a Dutch style universal health insurance system.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Anyone who’s ever had children will remember the moment. You walk into a room and find your lovely three-year-old radiating bliss. He looks at you and(...)

 Charles Haughey: “wanted to get in on the action”. Photograph: Colman Doyle

Fianna Fáil had a formidable (and, at times, notorious) fundraising operation since Taca was set up in the 1960s. Most of the funds it raised were in (...)

Glen Hansard who won the Best Song  Oscar in 2007 with Marketa Irglova for ‘Falling Slowly’ from the film ‘Once’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

If you were under the impression that Ireland had little association with the Oscars beyond My Left Foot, Once and the quotes of one Mr Wilde, you’d b(...)

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(...)