Tuned in: Listeners in  the Electrophone Salon in Gerrard Street, London, circa 1903. Photograph: The Print Collector/Getty Images

Some 40 years ago, when Sony launched the first Walkman in Ireland, the company didn’t even call it the Walkman. Here, as in Britain, it was called th(...)

A young Arthur Sullivan in 1858, from vol 42 of The Musical Times, 1901.

Arthur Sullivan was a musical prodigy. The son of two Irish parents, Thomas Sullivan and Clementina Coghlan (Clementina was half Italian), he would be(...)