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'[My children] didn’t realise that I had divorced their mother, not them. So they don’t want me in their lives'. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

“I feel good,” a ludicrously youthful Graham Nash tells me. “80 years old and still rocking.” And some. Nash has rocked his way twice into the Rock &a(...)

Ukrainians Liliia Lisova (left) and Kseniia Zharova are both  staying in Ballon, Co Carlow: 'The people from Ballon are very kind and open,' says Liliia. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liliia Lisova (23) was working as a barista in Cherkasy in central Ukraine when the Russian invasion began. Though her city appeared to be safe, she d(...)

More than 110 Ukrainian refugees  have arrived at Ballon’s rest centre since April. Photograph: Darek Delmanowicz/EPA

It takes a village. And a state-of-the-art community hall; tireless volunteers; and everything from donated money to shoes, prams, clothes and home-ba(...)

 Mick Jagger of  The Rolling Stones performs during the Altamont  festival in December 1969. Photo: Jeff Hochberg/Getty Images

Twenty-six minutes of unseen footage of the vast and notoriously violent Altamont music festival held in northern California in 1969 have been unexpec(...)

Rolling Stone: Mick Jagger in 1983, around the time Barry Coleman was signed up to help write his biography. Photograph: Wally McNamee/Corbis via Getty

Barry Coleman still remembers the day in 1983 when he was called by his editor at the publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson and told: “We’ve got a probl(...)

Tens of thousands of aging wind turbine blades are coming down and most have nowhere to go but landfills. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Wind turbine blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they cannot just be hauled away. First, you need to saw thro(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

TJ Maher in his garden Patthana in Co Wicklow, planting summer containers. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What’s the secret to creating a brilliantly colourful, pollinator-friendly display of summer pots that will still look as good in late September as it(...)

Bonnettstown House

 A long straight avenue leads to the wide stone steps and front door of Bonnettstown House. In a couple of weeks’ time this will be carpeted with(...)

Autumn-flowering chrysanthemum ‘Orange Allouise’ from Fionnuala Fallon’s garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve often admired their shaggy, autumn blooms in still life paintings by artists such as Renoir, Matisse and Mondrian. And I’ve looked at blurry phot(...)

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