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After a recent column here about the dubious honour of being addressed as “sir” (or even “sore”) in Dublin, several readers reminded me of a passage i(...)

Louis Walsh: 'I say things I shouldn’t say and as I’m saying it I know I shouldn’t say it.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I never wanted to be on TV,” says one of Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV stars. “It was never part of the plan. Never, ever. I just wanted to be a m(...)

Recording artist Bruno Mars accepts the award for Album of the Year during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Photograph:  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners at the 60th Grammy Awards in New York City on Sunday night as Jay-Z missed out in all eight categor(...)

Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live. Image: Youtube

Let us get the rebuttal out of the way first. The unfunny Aer Lingus sketch on Saturday Night Live should cause no Irish person to have a conniption. (...)

Inside De Barra’s, the folk club in Clonakilty.  Photograph: debarra.ie

As the keeper of the flame at De Barra’s, the folk club in Clonakilty, west Cork, that is known for its associations with artists such as Noel Redding(...)

Tiger Woods tees off at Pebble Beach at the 2000 US Open. Photograph: Getty Images

I don’t know if the late Leonard Cohen ever played golf, and he most certainly didn’t have Tiger Woods specifically in mind when uttering some of his (...)

As recorded by the poet Ovid, it was on May 26th in what we now call 17AD that Germanicus entered Rome in triumph after a series of victories over the Germans

It’s not every day you can mark a double-millennium anniversary. But today is one such occasion, thanks to the Roman soldier Germanicus Julius Caesar,(...)

Heal the Living: The director worked with medical professionals and horror effects specialists to replicate the moment when the heart leaves the chest

Different for girls? Not so much in France. Back in the 19th century, Alice Guy became one of cinema’s earliest auteurs, blazing a trail for other fem(...)

Along for the ride: Enniskillen actor Ciarán McMenamin takes readers on a madcap trip into a drug-fuelled night

Voice is one of the most important aspects of fiction. If a reader can connect with a character, even an unlikable one, chances are they will enjoy th(...)

 This is the end: Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath onstage during the bans’s  “The End Tour” in August 2016. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

“The end” – the conclusion to every fairytale. These two little words appeared on the Black Sabbath website this week without any elaboration. That t(...)

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