Thirty years in the biz and Sinéad O’Connor is looking at the bigger picture: “I don’t write autobiographical songs any more, I write character son(...)

The boss: Sinéad O’Connor. Photograph: Donal Moloney

It’s a baking hot summer day, and off Pearse Street in Dublin, in a building above a bookmaker’s, Sinéad O’Connor is leaning out of a window, smoking.(...)

The high priest of Co Mayo

Heading whesht to Mayo for the Westport Festival of Music and Food, I was a bit apprehensive. Not only had we been spoiled by the bash in Ballinlough,(...)

Sophie Ellis Bextor wows fan at Westport Festival at the weekend. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Pirate queen Grace O’Malley would “most certainly approve” of the shenanigans in the grounds of historic Westport House over the weekend. That is acco(...)

‘I love Patsy Cline (above) and Sinéad O’Connor, Anna Netrebko and Eleanor Shanley and all the other voices that have caught my heart at the turn of a stairs over the years.’ Photograph: AP Photo/TBS

While my father was in the dining room, talking about God, my mother was always in the kitchen, talking to someone else. She didn’t sing but sh(...)

John Grant: he combines the “emotional turbulence of a 14-year-old’s diary entries with the gnarled wisdom of a Nick Cave or a Leonard Cohen”
Review: John Grant

John Grant Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***** On a cold night, there was warmth aplenty in a packed Olympia as the crowd joined in on John Gr(...)

Sinead O’Connor wrote a lengthy post on her website after meeting film director Jim Sheridan at the Irish premiere of the film Stalker last Wednesday. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Stories highlighting a blog post from Sinead O’Connor about Jim Sheridan have been removed from several websites including RTÉ, Broadsheet (...)

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs (as the song goes), but in fact the opposite – the anti-love song – is desperatel(...)

Jay-Z and 99 Problems – who’d have come up with that one?

Take three songs, say Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire , Kanye West’s (...)

Sinéad O’Connor and Gerry Buttimer TD at Trinity College Dublin to debate a motion that “The Catholic Church can be salvaged”. O’Connor said Jesus Christ was a “militantly anti-religious man”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Catholic Church may be moving to a stage where gay people are no longer treated as “second-class citizens”, Fine Gael TD J(...)