They were in Glasnevin Cemetery for O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral.

We were talking here yesterday about an Irish bandmaster’s influence on the Japanese national anthem. But by coincidence this week, I have also been l(...)

Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure (right) and director Thierry Frémaux at a news conference to announce  competing films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France, April 14th, 2016. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

“We hope to show the state of cinema in Spring 2016,” Thierry Frémaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, told an expectant audience in Paris this(...)

I do not like them, those glum neo-Puritans. Those who have assumed it as a mission in life to make misery. Those who lacerate our simple pleasures, r(...)

In early 2013, Ellen Page seemed to have the world at her feet. Aged just 26 she could look back on a career spanning more than 15 years, a career th(...)

Woody Allen and  his wife Soon Yi Previn  at the  Cannes Film Festival in 2005. In 1992 Allen began an affair with Soon-Yi, then 22, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, with whom he had been in a relationship  for 12 years.  Photograph: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

In the 1972 movie, Play It Again, Sam, Woody Allen gives a dazzling performance as Allan Felix: a neurotic, middle-class Jew who is attempting to men(...)

The myth of all-nighters: Never, ever try to pull a study all-nighter – they never work. Photograph: Thinkstock

1 Snog anyone you think might end up famous The most important thing you will leave university with is stories not scrolls. If you meet anyone you (...)

People who are not from Galway sometimes argue that its folk spend too much time parading in huge papier mâché heads. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

How’s about you? Here’s a true story (some details of which have been tweaked). Two weeks ago, I was in Connolly Station waiting for a train to Occupi(...)

Don’t be afraid: On my last evening with my father, just before he was transferred to Blackrock Clinic, I spoke to him about pretty much anything except what was about to happen. Photograph: RTÉ

In his book Without Feathers Woody Allen has a line that has become one of his most famous quips: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want (...)

Pucker up to your technology and get down with a robot. If you’re so connected to your online relationships that you quiver with anticipation every(...)

Brendan O’Connor on the set of ‘The Saturday Night Show’, which was axed by RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch to  make way for a new Ray D’Arcy vehicle.

“After all these years, I’ve finally got my own email in RTÉ, ” Brendan O’Connor declared to listeners on his first morning of summer cover for Radio (...)