Billy Connolly

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Tick Tock Tour Town which was U2’s first tour, and 11 O’Clock Tick Tock was their first international single

The forthcoming auction by Aidan Foley in Sixmilebridge in Co Clare this coming Tuesday offers a collection of more than 1,000 items acquired by Limer(...)

National Library director Sandra Collins with actor Rory Dignam playing the role of Sebastian Dangerfield, the protagonist of Donleavy’s novel The Ginger Man. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There are many stories surrounding the writing and publication of The Ginger Man, JP Donleavy’s great novel about student life in postwar Dublin in th(...)

Brendan Grace at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in 2001. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Just like Billy Connolly, Brendan Grace began in show business as a singer in a folk band. And just like Billy Connolly, Brendan Grace quickly discove(...)

Billy Connolly: by talking so frankly about his disease, he helps to lift the veil shrouding  Parkinson’s. Photograph:  Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Billy Connolly is one of my favourite comedians. Perhaps a little “un PC” for some, those of us brought up on a diet of his unique humour and with fo(...)

 Andy Murray celebrates with his mother Judy after winning in Wimbledon in 2013. Photograph: PA

It is a poignant oddity that Andy Murray’s tennis career is ending as it began: in pain, struggle and confusion. When the thin, hairy teenager from Du(...)

Billy Connolly: spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease in BBC documentary. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Comedian Billy Connolly has sent out a cheerful musical message assuring fans he is “not dead” following a programme documenting his battles with canc(...)

Image from May 2018 of comedian Billy Connolly. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Billy Connolly admitted he is “near the end” and life is “slipping away”, as he spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease. The comedian makes the(...)

Billy Connolly revealed he had Parkinson’s disease   in 2013. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Billy Connolly has announced that after a half-century career in standup, music, film and television he is retiring from live performing. The news ca(...)

It would appear the first European was also Irish.

“Oh my God, not him.” It was early one bright Monday morning recently and I was rushing for the train. There he was, about 200m ahead, loping languidl(...)

Rhob Cunningham: “I don’t listen to it so often nowadays, I just cherish the world it opened up for me.”

As a wee nipper, I first learned of the influence a record can hold with this collection of musical poems, as narrated by the jangled wordsmithery of (...)

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