Billy Connolly

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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(...)

Photograph: Getty Images

“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 (...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Finbar Furey: Now, at the age of 71, he is still pulling in plaudits from all directions and has a UK tour on the horizon.  Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Within a few minutes of speaking to Finbar Furey, it quickly becomes apparent that there is no such thing as a short answer. The Dubliner, whose reput(...)

Ted head: Dermot Morgan as Fr Ted Crilly. Photograph: Channel 4

When my father died, on February 28th, 1998, I wasn’t with him. He was in London and I was in Blackrock, with my brother and some friends. In my mind (...)

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