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David Shire:  When I am in Hollywood they say: ‘Why do you waste time writing for the theatre?’

“Isn’t modern technology great?” David Shire says after appearing on my computer screen. It certainly is. On a sombre winter day I find myself lookin(...)

Tom Lehrer, mathematician, singer, songwriter and satirist, was born in New York 90 years ago. He was active in public performance for about 25 years (...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

Róisín Murphy: ‘I had to pull me horns in, as my mother would say.’ Photograph: Getty

In a desperately fashionable pub garden in Hackney (“it’s like fucking New York round here now, isn’t it?”), Róisín Murphy is swearily and majesticall(...)

Tommy Halferty

SATURDAY JUNE 9 Carmel McCreagh/Flo McSweeney/Fiachra Trench Arthurs, Dublin, 9.30pm, €12, arthurspub.ie It sounds simple – two singers, one pianist(...)

Jonathan Groff stars in 36 Questions

The overture is a series of vignettes, snippets of conversations between a couple with a pacey piano beating swiftly in the background. We’re made imm(...)

Detached house, Bishops Street Tuam

When a certain detached house was first built on Bishop Street in 1912, it quickly became, according to local history “an object of wonder”. But what (...)

Like so many young boys raised on a diet of westerns, I harboured casual dreams of being a cowboy. Of being under starry skies and riding through the (...)

Above left: Lockets collection, top locket €75, bottom locket €69.95; black dress, River Island, €80. Above right: Rose gold trend collection, earrings €29.95, necklace €59.95, bracelet €54; grey cami, River Island €25, faux shearling jacket, Penneys €40

A little goes a long way when it comes to costume jewellery. A well chosen piece can transform an outfit, make a daywear dress something of the night,(...)

Riot, with Dr Panti Bliss: already breaking box-office records

What’s in a name? Sixty-nine years ago eight companies arrived uninvited at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. The next year they were j(...)

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