Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2017. The  Cork star ticks all the boxes when it comes to an inspirational sporting figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Over the weekend I got completely caught up in a wave of cycling, athletics and even pentathlon. I thought 2018 was the year for learning new sports(...)

Danielle Romeril: “It was about identity and putting a vision for yourself forward and being lucky enough to have friends who knew a bit more than I did.” Photograph: Johnny McMillan

Don O’Neill recalls his upbringing in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry as nothing short of magical. “The castle behind my house is haunted,” he says. “ We woul(...)

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photograph: Beth Gwinn/Film Magic

Dolly Parton travelled there from the tiny community of Locust Ridge, Tennessee, at the age of 18. Texan Willie Nelson made his first journey there i(...)

Megan O’Neill: had an obsession with plastic spoons. Photograph: Conor Clinch

"If Megan O’Neill hadn’t existed, the Disney organisation would have invented her anyway.” In his eulogy for the singer, band member Dan Clark repe(...)