Father’s Day: Ollie Clerkin in 1975. The pipe wasn’t an affectation, but the rest of it – the GAA kneel, the flexed arm, the ever-so-slight hint of a smirk – is surely a put-on

Malachy Clerkin on his father, Oliver I had never seen this photograph before Mam dug it out for me, last week, and now I can’t stop looking at it. H(...)

Dear Diary

Sir, – Belated birthday greetings to Frank McNally, who reports that he’s lucky not to have been named Bridget (“An Irishman’s Diary”, February 1st). (...)

Members of the Frank McNally loyalty club might also qualify for other special benefits, such as me sharing details of my medical history, or boring them with holiday pictures. But they’d need a lot of points for that.

I’m thinking of introducing a personal loyalty card scheme, the aim of which would be to reward cafes, shops, and other businesses I visit regularly. (...)

New Zealand fans ahead of the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland were left All-Black and blue after a brutally intense game at Lansdowne Road, in which New Zealand avenged their historic defeat in Chicago an(...)

Republic of Ireland fans in  Bordeaux, France, for Euro 2016. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

It’s not quite make or break, whatever happens. Even a defeat would leave us with a last stand in Lille next Wednesday. But thousands of Irish soccer (...)

 Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during The River Tour at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain this week. Photo:  EPA/JP Gandul

‘I’m standing on his stage, in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, with my band Delorentos’ Ro Yourell, musician I’ve been a fan of the Boss all my life, sinc(...)

Fans celebrate as Conor Murray scores Ireland’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

One of the more eccentric Irish flags in Cardiff bore the message “There’s a crane gone up in Carlow – the boom is back.” We’ll return to that in a mo(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell celebrates winning the Six Nations.  Photograph: Livepic/Reuters

Ireland were crowned Six Nations rugby champions on the pitch at Murrayfield on Saturday night, after a day of nerve-shredding drama in Edinburgh, Rom(...)

“Maybe the decade of centenaries will shed new light on the process by which the gunboat Helga was handed over to a young Free State to become the Muirchú, or “Sea Dog”, and henceforth defend the integrity of the territorial waters. It was surely a dark joke by our departing overlords.”

I can understand writers being upset at the new policy of naming naval patrol ships after Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. No doubt some naval patrolle(...)

Fr Peter McVerry and Brian O’Driscoll at the Mansion House, Dublin, after being conferred with Honarary Freedom of the City of Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gordon D’Arcy eat you heart out. Freshly retired from international rugby, Brian O’Driscoll also acquired a new defensive partner over the week(...)