In his Nobel lecture, delivered by audio link, Bob Dylan says that songs are ‘unlike literature’. Photograph:  Lester Cohen/WireImage

So it turns out that the Nobel Prize in Literature does matter to Bob Dylan after all. He may barely have acknowledged the news that he won the award,(...)

Bobby Vee at his family’s Rockhouse Productions in St Joseph, Minneapolis. Vee died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Photograph: Jeff Baenen, File/AP Photo

US pop singer Bobby Vee, whose early 1960s hits included Take Good Care of My Baby and Rubber Ball, has died aged 73. Vee, who helped a young Bob Dyl(...)

As Come Get It I Got It showed, David Holmes is a DJ and selector with a winning way with a compilation. Match him with the “Late Night Tales” series(...)

Brian Dowling in his hurley workshop in Kilkenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland’s ash trees, even if they manage to escape the ash “dieback” fungal disease, face an alarming threat from a beetle that is slowly moving westw(...)

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Tim Edey and Kevin Burke

The first time Kevin Burke and Liam Ó Maonlaí encountered one another was two years ago on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where Ó Ma(...)

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson and their pilot all died in the crash.

US transportation safety investigators said on Wednesday they are reviewing a request to reopen an investigation into the 1959 airplane crash that (...)

Don McLean said of his song American Pie,“I wanted to capture, probably before it was ever formulated, a rock-and-roll American dream”.

Songwriter Don McLean’s original manuscript of American Pie, one of the most iconic songs of its time, could fetch up to $1.5 million (€1.3 million) w(...)

Dancing at the Metropole in Dublin in 1968. Photograph:  Kevin McMahon

The way Danny Hughes tells it, the first disco in the country happened like this. It was May 1965, and the 18-year-old was looking for an alternative (...)

Keep it Real ridden by Rossa Ryan, Fiddles Bridge ridden by  Mark Crehan, and Handy Sandy ridden by Daragh Maher, during the Cleggan Derby at the Omey Races today. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Liam Gilligan had a tummy bug for the last few days, but neither wild nor highly trained horses would drag him away today from north Connemara. In fac(...)

Dressed in a sharp grey suit and crisp white shirt, Spike Jonze does not seem properly attired for a one-man food fight. But 20 minutes after he si(...)