Born to Run is often great fun – Bruce Springsteen was writing about cars before he could drive one. But it is the tension between the fun and the burden of his rearing and, especially, his relationship with his father, that gives the book its real power. Photograph: Reuters/Eloy Alonso

Bruce Springsteen is one of the great short story writers. I decided that when I was 16 and listening to his record, The Wild, the Innocent and the E (...)

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves as he steps out of his plane for a rally  in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has upset theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh and the co-creators of the stage musical Les Misérables after playing one of their songs(...)

‘The average parent in Britain will post nearly 1,500 photos of their child before they turn five.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

One thing that older people love saying about younger people is that they are “entitled”. Entitled to this and entitled to that. With their Skeptas a(...)

RSM Ireland  co-founder John Glennon: “Like many people, I lost money when the economy collapsed in 2008.”  Photograph: Jason Clarke

Are you a saver or a spender? I think a spender. You are only on this Earth once. I do try to put some money aside for a rainy day but with two daugh(...)

A guitar in the making: Lowden Guitars in Downpatrick, Co Down. Photogrpah: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A great guitar is all about the wood. And a great guitar maker, or luthier, knows how to choose that wood, how to shape it, how to let it breathe, ho(...)

Look back in anger: Tony Blair glad-handing Noel Gallagher of Oasis in 1997. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Jeremy Corbyn cannot recognise Ant and Dec. You snob! Go back to Islington and your Maoist book club. How can you hope to lead the British Labour Par(...)

Country musician Garth Brooks’s spokeswoman has said he has  no plans to play a concert at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh next year. Photograph: The Irish Times

American country musician Garth Brooks has no plans to play a concert at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh next year, a spokeswoman for the singer said on Thurs(...)

I don’t want to hear about their night in Temple Bar, how dreamy Connemara is and nothing whatsoever about their time in the Guinness Storehouse or the Titanic exhibition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

On a rooftop bar in Sicily a honeymoon couple from Lewiston, Idaho, asked me my name and where I am from. I looked them in the eye, smiled, and said “(...)

Their influences read like an indie cliché: the paintings of Edward Hopper, the writing of Raymond Carver and the films of Robert Altman. If you’re w(...)

Claire Murphy from Kerry  won  the €10,000 Dundrum Town Centre voucher for best-dressed lady at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An elegant apple-green and white outfit delivered the Best Dressed Lady prize worth €10,000 for Kerry woman Claire Murphy amid high stylistic stakes a(...)