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Born in London to Cork parents, Timmy “The Brit” McCarthy (second right) retained his accent when he moved to Leeside in the 1960s to work as a butcher, earning him the nickname. File photograph: Irish Examiner

It’s not every day that a crematorium heaves to the sound of dancers spinning around in a polka but then there was nothing ordinary about the send-off(...)

Summer nights: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease

The summer of 1958, in which Grease was set, looked a beguiling cocktail of hormonally charged lindy hops, leather pants and all-round frivolity. Whic(...)

Robert Ballagh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

From the moment Robert Ballagh opens the door to his studio, there’s no mistaking who works there. The front room of the small house in Dublin’s north(...)

Ssinger and guitarist Kurt Cobain performing with Nirvana at the recording of  ‘MTV Unplugged in  Novemeber  1993. Photograph:  Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

The first public exhibition of some of Kurt Cobain’s personal items is be put on display this summer at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co Kil(...)

Great buzz: Paul Howard with his beehive in Avoca, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tethered as we are these days to mobile technology, the concept of free time has become nebulous. Far too many of us are always on or always on call. (...)

In April 1983 Muhammad Ali set off on an eventful roadtrip. Photo: Getty Images

A tale of two small towns and the champ. Standing in the Smoky Hills of the Great Plains of Kansas, the population of Bunker Hill goes up and down bu(...)

“You can imagine Harry Windsor sailing a currach as easily as seeing him being dragged along in a gold-encrusted carriage. Let’s face it, he is our prince. Prince Harry is one of us.” Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

We hate them. But we love them really. Don’t we? We hate that we love them, and we definitely love to hate them. We can’t quite decide which it is. (...)

Elvis Presley of France: Johnny Hallyday in 2011. Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

“All of us have something of Johnny Hallyday in us,” President Emmanuel Macron began his homage to France’s greatest rock star. His remark, early on W(...)

Johnny Hallyday performing on stage in Paris. Hallyday, France’s best-known rock star, has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Johnny Hallyday, the French answer to Elvis Presley, who kept audiences enthralled for nearly 60 years with his Gallic interpretations of American roc(...)

David Cassidy, star of  television programme The Partridge Family,  in London in 1974. Photograph  Ellidge/Express/Getty Images

David Cassidy, the actor, singer and teen heartthrob was best known for his role as the band member with the green eyes and the feathered haircut on t(...)

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