John O’Mahony: “This is a very young team and James Horan has done a fantastic job in transitioning so quickly.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By the spring of 2020, John O’Mahony was in the best of spirits and liberated from a working life of two careers, teacher and politician. That year’s (...)

Bridie performs with the Martin Costello Band in New York on her 1959 tour. This photograph was probably taken in the City Center Ballroom in Manhattan

How well do you know your mum or dad? Enough to write their life story? My mum was Bridie Gallagher. She was best known as The Girl from Donega(...)