Fáilte: Daniel and Majella O’Donnell with B&B owners Anne and Noel Sheerin, in Tulsk, Co Roscommon, for Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip

For a long moment I am seriously worried about Anne Sheerin, B&B owner in Tulsk, Co Roscommon (Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip, UTV Irel(...)

Russell Crowe in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World as Capt Jack Aubrey: based on the novel by Patrick O’Brian which gave a distinctly British slant to the clashes at sea with the French and Spanish during the Napoleonic wars

The sea and seafaring have always been an abundant source of myths, stories of adventure and discovery. The common link joining the legends, yarns (...)

Paul Durcan in front of a mural in Sandymount: in Breaking News, the poet recalls the final conversation between himself and Seamus Heaney on Sandymount strand. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul Durcan is adding another packet of sugar to his cappuccino. “God,” he says, by way of apology, “I’m a terrible man for the sugar.” But he keep(...)

Michael Hordern in a BBC adaptation of MR James’s Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad

1. The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm One of the finest short novels in the German language, it has everything: ambition, passion, r(...)

In a word

When I was growing up, deep in the last millennium, and heard the word kid, I knew immediately it meant a young goat. Lovely, endearing little creatur(...)

Fiona Bevan: “Ed was hanging out with One Direction around the time of the Olympics opening ceremony and the Queen’s Jubilee, and he played them the song and they just really liked it”

It must be strange to be at a gig where thousands of screaming, sobbing teenage girls are shrieking the words that you’ve written back at the b(...)

A letter by Roger Casement to the police inspector responsible for his custody, written just three months before his execution and detailing his at(...)

Helsinki in summer is a delight, its streetscapes of Russian-influenced architecture illuminated and lifted by the interplay of the midnight sun and t(...)