Bob Dylan

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Yvonne Watterson with her partner Scott Henrich: ‘Even though I know you’re not supposed to have any expectations, I had prepared myself to be let down and lied to, but my instinct told me that the man at the bar was not going to lie to me and that I would not lie to him.’

Between the time I met my husband and the time he died 24 years later, the search for romance and Mr Right had moved online, a perfect place for me to(...)

Jack O’Flaherty: Bob Dylan made me think about how I told my stories, and how I could tell them better

Bob Dylan’s music was an abiding presence in my home as I grew up thanks to my dad’s devotion to Dylan’s Desire – the only CD allowed in the car for s(...)

 An impromptu rehearsal in Gurrie’s Launderette, Sligo with Dean Gurrie on guitar,   father and son Rory and Paul Maitland, and husband and wife Kieran Quinn and Sinead Maguire in song. Photograph: Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

Many of them have day jobs such as being a chef, barber or boutique manager but Sligo musician Kieran Quinn has no qualms about bringing the(...)

Making claims on someone else’s behalf is not always easy with VHI. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/ PA Wire

A reader called Sally Ann got in touch with two issues connected to VHI. “I am no longer able to claim online for my father who is 92 years old as he (...)

Stuart Barnes in action for Bath against Saracens in April 1993. Photograph: Dave Rogers/Allsport

The language of rugby has changed hugely in the past quarter of a century. What used to be a tackle is now a big hit and wingers have wheels or gas as(...)

Margaret Barry with Dominic Behan.

In the 1930s, a 16-year-old took to the roads of Ireland to make her living as a street singer. Her striking appearance and waist-length black hair co(...)

A Painted Lady butterfly pictured on a headland west of Castletownbere, Co Cork by Patrick Lyne

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, you don’t need to be a weatherman to know that we are experiencing an extraordinarily mild winter. And the evidence is not ha(...)

Samuel Beckett: Nobel committee chairman believed Beckett’s writing lacked a powerful heart. Photograph: Louis Monier/Getty

Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969, but newly released archives reveal that just a year earlier, the secretive committee that se(...)

Members of the Forever Young chorus  during their Christmas lunch with musical director Brendan Creagh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

"May you always do for others, And let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars, And climb on every rung. May you stay... Forever Young.(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and band during their residency at the Irish Arts Center

In a Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a group are discussing their Irishness. DNA testing kits are big in the United States, prom(...)

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