Singer Ottilie Patterson performs on stage in 1965. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns

It’s a little known fact that one of Ireland’s first blues and jazz singers was the Hiberno-Latvian singer Otillie Patterson. A native of Comber, Co D(...)

San Francisco: Cork councillor Bernie Murphy’s antics during his trip to the city left Irish officials red-faced. Photograph: AP Photo/HO/John Storey

Colourful Cork councillor Bernie Murphy left some Irish officials red-faced when he went to San Francisco in 1986 with a self-declared plan to get new(...)

M.M. O’Shaughnessy: presided over a series of  epic infrastructural projects

In the 2008 “stoner” comedy, Pineapple Express – the title referred to a new, supposedly powerful strain of marijuana – there occurs a typically out-o(...)