Spike Milligan: his father Leo was born  in Sligo where the inaugural Bright Side of Life comedy festival is taking place

Thirteen years after his death, Spike Milligan has provided a treasure trove of new material for a comedy festival in his father’s home town of Sligo.(...)

Miriam Frank: ‘Much of today’s writing appears to be celebrity related and follows fashions, relying on the expertise of others and writing to a learnt formula, rather than through the direct experience and observation of life.’

Miriam Frank is the author of My Innocent Absence: Tales from a Nomadic Life (Arcadia Books), an exploration of identity, belonging and relationships,(...)

The actor and comedian Bill Kerr, who has died aged 92, was a master of laconic understatement. He became a household name as a perfect foil for Tony (...)

Photographers at the scene in the National Gallery of Ireland where a  Monet painting was damaged in June 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The jury in the trial of a man accused of putting his fist through a Claude Monet painting has been told it must give him the benefit of the doubt.And(...)

Milo O’Shea in 1983. The Irish actor died in New York earlier this week at the age of 86. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Milo O’Shea, the well-known stage, film and television actor, who died on Tuesday aged 86, had a phenomenal memory. Sharing a dressing r(...)