James “Skin-the-Goat” Fitzharris was the cab-driver who brought the “Invincibles” to Dublin’s Phoenix Park one May evening in 1882.

Writing recently about the wartime experiences of Irishmen used as slave-labour by the Nazis, I mentioned a doctor in their camp, Walter Heidbreder, a(...)

Rik Mayall (left) with Adrian Edmondson. Photograph: PA

Rik Mayall, who has died suddenly aged 56, was a phenomenal and outrageous performer, a leading light of the “alternative” comedy circuit that emerged(...)