Christine and Elaine Furness from Clontarf at Leopardston races. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a change to the going. The going is now soft,” echoed a disembodied voice over the speakers an hour into day one of (...)

Annmarie McManus with her children Allison (9 months), Vivienne (5) and Katie (6) on the first day of racing at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The sun, the President and the rock star were all beaming at the merry throng as they poured through the turnstiles at Leopardstown yesterday, but it (...)

Phil Chevron’s  funeral procession left the Mansion House to the sound of his own version of Thousands Are Sailing, which became a Pogues classic and is recognised as one of the finest songs about Irish emigration. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Pogues and Radiators from Space star Phil Chevron’s funeral service - or his “grand finale” as his sister called it - was bookended today by his two b(...)