May McAvoy: star of ‘The Jazz Singer’ and ‘Ben Hur’

Most people could still identify Al Jolson as the main star of The Jazz Singer, the film that, released 90 years ago today, changed cinema history. B(...)

Friends of Dublin Theatre Festival: Fergus and Rosaleen Linehan in 2000. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Since my father, Fergus Linehan, died last November we’ve been circling around his personal effects and papers without managing to figure out quite wh(...)

Alex Ferguson was willing and able to manage so-called problem player Eric Cantona for the betterment of Manchester United in the 1990s. Photograph: Getty Images.

Managers like José Mourinho, Arsène Wenger and Pep Guardiola attract global attention and remain pivotal figures at football clubs, but all are aware (...)

Michael Conlan was devastated  following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Before the Olympic Opening ceremony had even taken place Irish coaches Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger and John Conlan slipped out of the Rio hotel where the(...)

Ireland’s Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Michael Conlan claims that the Irish boxing team were being punished in Rio for an interview carried out with former judge Séamus Kelly days before th(...)

Castlebridge House stands in partial ruin in the village of Castlebridge, near Wexford town. In its former 19th-century pleasure gardens stand the ruins of one the finest rotunda conservatories in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Most people now associate flatpacks with Ikea, but the Great Palm House in the National Botanic Gardens was shipped to Dublin in parts and assemble(...)

 Luke Charteris tackles Jamie Heaslip during the Six Nations match in Cardiff. Initially Charteris was credited with 37 tackles during the game but that has now been reduced by six. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images.

Reducing sporting achievement to a few digits, a grade, or a ranking, can seem unromantic. It’s a touchpaper for holy wars in the US over such things (...)

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan challenges Paul Geaney of Kerry during the Munster senior championship final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork last July. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

The development of a centre of excellence at a separate location from Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork is not a viable option for the GAA, an oral hearing in(...)

Once upon a time, one of the greatest film-makers of all time took on the challenge of adapting one of the greatest novels of all time for the big (...)

Armagh’s Joe McElroy gets away from the challenge of Antrim’s Ryan Murray during Wednesday night’s Ulster Under-21  quarter-final replay at Páirc Esler, Newry. Photograph: Inpho

Armagh 0-13Antrim 0-10 Armagh will play Done(...)