Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: a bad thing. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

There are less than two months to go before we reach the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The race is on to pen the opening e(...)

Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy of Europe look on during afternoon fourball matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Celebrity weddings in Ireland are par for the course now but news that Rory McIlroy is to marry Erica Stoll in Ashford Castle later this month is stil(...)

“When you live in fires and funerals and strikes and rats and crowds and people screaming in the night,” Jimmy Breslin once wrote, “sports is the only thing that makes any sense”

One Sunday afternoon in May, 1969, Jimmy Breslin, then running for president of the New York city council on the same ticket as his pal, the mayoral h(...)

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to concentration and productivity. Photograph: iStock

So, the mocks are finishing up and students have experienced the process. Regardless of the results, that is an important step. One of our biggest fea(...)

Matthew McConaughey: "A bowling alley at 10pm on a school night? Let’s do it. Pizza for breakfast? Great idea. Milkshakes with the pizza? Even better." (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey stretches out of his chair, stretches his arm out for a handshake and stretches back down in one long, languid movement. I’m wr(...)

 Paul McCartney has sued Sony Corp’s music publishing arm in a federal court in New York.  File photograph: Sophia Juliane Lydolph/EPA

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has sued Sony Corp’s music publishing arm in a federal court in New York, seeking to reclaim copyrights to 267 Beatles so(...)

Kevin Barry on May and Timothy (Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey, above) the protagonists of Autumn Royal: “I really like them. It’s because their situation is so devastating. There is never a solution that’s workable in this kind of situation”

It’s a bustling afternoon, and in the heave of motion, clink and chatter of a Dublin hotel bar, Kevin Barry is having some difficulty finding a place(...)

  John Lennon. Photograph: Getty Images

Cruising what used to be called the Information Superhighway recently, I took a wrong turn somewhere and found myself briefly lost on a weird section (...)

Along with the centenaries of two Russian revolutions, next year will also mark the 50th anniversary of a rather more benign event that, even so, mark(...)

Paul McCartney and John Lennon of the Beatles: after the break-up of the band, Lennon and McCartney turned to Ireland for source material, with the Troubles being the catalyst

British pop music has been celebrated around the world for decades and rightly so.  Rather less attention has been paid to an almost invisible s(...)