Nan Brennan, serving in the Criterion Bar, Bundoran. Photograph: James Connolly

When Bundoran publican Nan Brennan died last Sunday at the age of 81, many reminisced fondly about the no-singing, no-swearing, no-television rule she(...)

Ireland stand for Ireland’s Call. Who  decided it would remain part of the rugby experience and force fed to 50,000 people before every home Six Nations Championship match. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In Lansdowne Road you do get the glances, the furtive looks, the outrage. You do feel the heat of self-righteous anger, the invisible force field of d(...)

Nan Brennan, inside The Criterion Bar, Bundoran, Co. Donegal.Photograph: James Connolly

Walking into Brennan’s Criterion Bar in the seaside town of Bundoran, Co Donegal is like being taken by the hand into a piece of Irish history which h(...)

Dunnes Stores strikers picket outside the store on Henry Street Dublin. The strike began in 1984 and lasted almost three years. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A register of sports people and entertainers who travelled to South Africa, published in 1986 by the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid, included(...)

Irish acts that receive the most plays include Walking on Cars, Hozier, Picture This, Gavin James, Kodaline and Brian  Deady. Photograph: Getty

One of the hardy annuals of the Irish parliamentary year is the regular debate about the amount, or lack of, Irish music played by Irish radio station(...)

Comedian and writer David O’Doherty brings his new show, Big Time, to Whelan’s, Dublin on December 15th, 16th 17th and 18th.

We’ve picked some suitably seasonal events that are sure to help you celebrate all that’s best about the festive season Uplifting cathedral choirs (...)

Man-made treasures such as the Great Western Greenway in Mayo pulls scores of walkers and cyclists to the region. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

My Irish tourism road trip comprised six days, 950 miles, 20 counties, 28 interviews, a couple of mild hangovers and one inescapable conclusion: when (...)

Bay City Rollers: the classic line-up of Alan Longmuir, Leslie McKeown, Eric Faulkner, Derek Longmuir and Stuart Wood, in 1975. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

It does not bode well for a book about one of the most successful pop bands of the past 40 years that it starts with a foreword about its manager by (...)

The High Kings have been balladeering with no small degree of success since 2008. This latest collection is an object lesson in creative bank(...)

Welsh and Irish fans show the tension of the last moments of the drawn Six Nations game in the Palace Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The four proud provinces of Ireland were “together standing tall”, as is now usual. But in a twist unforeseen by Phil Coulter’s rugby anthem, it was a(...)