Chris Judge

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Undated handout photo issued by InfinityChannelSwimming of a group of swimmers from Northern Ireland known as the Oa Giants who are hoping to have set a new world record for a swim from Ireland to Wales. Photograph: InfinityChannelSwimming/PA

A group of Northern Ireland men are hoping to have set a new world record for swimming from Ireland to Wales. The Oa Giants swam 116km (72 miles) fr(...)

In David O’Doherty’s new book a greedy developer gets his comeuppance when  some children rob a bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

The Dublin comedian on podcasting from Achill Island, his new children’s book and owning 14 bikes Let me tell you about David O’Doherty’s stuff.(...)

 Gordon D’Arcy and Paul Howard, collaborators on Gordon’s game.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Gordon’s Game by Gordon D’Arcy and Paul Howard (Penguin Ireland, €12.99) – As far as anyone can tell, this is the first time anyone’s had the idea of (...)

“Kids like to get up early and to stay up late, which can make the festival day really long. So we were conscious that we could try and structure the day around the rhythm of a typical family day.”  Photograph: Anna Kerslake

I was 18 when I went to my first music festival, the tickets to the short-lived Oxygen sessions a gift to mark my ascension to adulthood. As a festiva(...)

Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts chief executive; Music Generation student Aibhlínn Doheny from Portlaoise; Sean McGrath, Allianz chief executive; and Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation national director.

BNP Paribas, Bank of America and Hennessy were among the winners at the annual Allianz Business to Arts awards, which recognise businesses, artists an(...)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty

Now that the wedding season is upon us, it’s time to consider not just what to wear on the day, but also what gift to give. Meghan Markle and Prince H(...)

A witch from the Spirits of Meath Halloween festival. Photograph: Barry Cronin

With Halloween around the corner, it’s time to start making planning the weekend. Here is a quick selection of events that will entertain the whole fa(...)

The Macnas parade in Galway.

‘There are real live ghosts in there,” my five-year-old self screamed, running at full pelt from the basement of an historic Co Mayo house to the s(...)

A Quentin Blake illustration in Roald Dahl’s The Twits

A is for Ahlberg Husband-and-wife team Allan and Janet Ahlberg are responsible for some of the best British picture books of the late 20th cent(...)

Read hot: summer reading at Bull Wall, Dollymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage, £11.99) We tend to think children will resemble(...)

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