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 James Joyce with his grandchild Stephen James in 1934. His enduring brilliance includes his unmatched ability to “hear” that musical pulse as it resounds through the everyday lives of ordinary people:

I remember only three exchanges between my elder brother and my father. One remains hidden, but the other two concern music. The first was the appear(...)

Music biographer Johnny Rogan nourished his love of pop and rock on visits to relations in Ireland  through the years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Johnny Rogan Born: February 14th, 1953 Died: January 21st, 2021 Johnny Rogan, who has died unexpectedly aged 67, was among the most prolific and well(...)

Shane McGowan is set to see a decline in Christmas revenue. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Musicians behind Ireland’s favourite Christmas hits are facing a steep plunge in their earnings this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Stars (...)

Fairytale of New York: Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan around the time of the song’s release, in 1987. Photograph: Tim Roney/Getty

Once upon a time a band set out to make a Christmas song. Not about snow or sleigh rides or mistletoe or miracles but about lost youth and ruined drea(...)

Protesters for the Campaign to save St Mary’s Nursing Home on Merrion Road outside the High Court. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Joe Brabazon (83) has never received such a shock. His wife Kay (81), who suffers with Alzheimer’s disease,was in St Mary’s nursing home on Dublin’s M(...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nigel ‘Nidge’ Delaney in Love/Hate

From Nidge and Connell Waldron to Gretta Conroy, Rashers Tierney and Pegeen Mike, all of these people emerged from acts of imagination – but are so(...)

Dame Vera Lynn in 2003, with a photograph of her during the second World War. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Vera Lynn (Vera Margaret Welch) Born: March 20th, 1917 Died: June 18th, 2020 At the start of the second World War, Vera Lynn, who has died aged 103, (...)

You want music that winds you down, but also engages your ears and your musical sensibilities, and is written by real, talented artists and not some mindless mindfulness algorithm. Photograph:  Getty Images

It seems a long time since we had time on our hands – but time is pretty much all we have now as we wait for this crisis to run its course and – hopef(...)

Actor Barry Fitzgerald taken  on the set of John Ford’s film ‘The Quiet Man’ in Co Mayo around 1951. Photograph: The Irish Times

Barry Fitzgerald was a man with a talent for creating conundrums for the good people at the Academy. Not only did he cause an upset by being nominated(...)

Flowers at the scene where a seven-year-old boy died after being struck by a road sweeper’s truck at St Joseph’s Way, Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The seven-year-old boy who died on Sunday afternoon after being struck by a road sweeper’s truck in north Dublin has been named as Devin Crosby Shephe(...)

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