Leonard Cohen

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“What is fatherhood, exactly? What does it mean to have a son? Why does the word ‘dad’ seem to ruin everything as a prefix, from jokes to rock?”

I can’t remember anything. Names. Dates. Lyrics. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure where I’m parked. That’s why I was stunned by the clarity (...)

Win Butler of Arcade Fire: 'I guess failure to me would be phoning it in and not meaning it.'  Photograph: Bryan Derballa/The New York Times

Accessing the 3Arena’s backstage area is like trying to gain entry to The Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City. Stand in front of the imposing metal gates on N(...)

Kaylee Rogers on NBC’s ‘Little Big Shots’ on Sunday

A performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on US television by a 11-year-old Co Down girl has been viewed millions of times online. Kaylee Rogers, w(...)

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,(...)

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