Danny Boy

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Leinster’s Rocky Elsom bursts through the Leicester  defence during the 19-16 win in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Rocky Elsom’s biographer wastes no time entering the realm of hagiography. “Rocky is like a modern day renaissance man, a Leonardo da Vinci in studs,(...)

Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert: “I’m just like Santa - a big, jolly fat man”

On Christmas Day last year, Aidan Moffat sat down with his 10-year-old son and told him the truth about Santa Claus. “It’s a very emotional day for c(...)

  In December 1914, Kapp & Peterson dispatched ‘25,000 pipes’ from its factory in St Stephen’s Green to soldiers overseas

Reading Edmund Blunden’s classic memoir Undertones of War a while ago, I was intrigued by the mention of one of his colleagues, a fellow officer in th(...)

One suspects this creaky documentary on Pope John Paul II’s days in Ireland was timed to capitalise on the expected furore around Pope Francis’s recen(...)

Former vice-president Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service for Senator John McCain in Phoenix, Arizona: “I’m a Democrat and I love John McCain.” Photograph: Brian Snyder

John McCain was a “giant among all of us”, former vice-president John Biden said on Thursday as he paid tribute to his friend and long-time colleague (...)

 Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Danny Boy heard the pipes calling, from glen to glen and down the mountain side, they were of course war pipes: not to be confused with the uille(...)

I’m in an industrial kitchen at the back of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co Clare, staring into the biggest cooking pot I’ve ever seen i(...)

 Phil Hogan who was honoured by Austria today. Here he is pictured with a French potato producer earlier this month. Photograph: Mehdi Fedouach/Getty

Austria today bestowed the “Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria” on Ireland’s EU Commissioner for Agr(...)

In 1979, British inflation was 18 per cent, Margaret Thatcher was elected British prime minister, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Sony launched (...)

Gerard Hanberry with Joyce Redmond, for whom Steve Earle wrote ‘Galway Girl’, a the launch of Hanberry’s book ‘On Raglan road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them’. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If life’s best secrets are the “open” ones, no more so than those with love at their heart. So it was with Gerry Hanberry’s research into the muses wh(...)

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