He may not be as familiar a name as the likes of Henry Mancini or Burt Bacharach, but Ivor Raymonde’s influence should not be understated. This second(...)

Georgie Hyde-Lees with her husband William Butler Yeats. She became the most influential of his muses. He described the leanhaun shee  as  the Gaelic muse, giving  inspiration to those she persecutes. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Everybody in Ireland still knows what a banshee is, even if reported sightings seem to have tailed off dramatically since the coming of rural electrif(...)

Shay Byrne

The very phrase “graveyard slot” suggests quietude, decay, stillness; the very antithesis of what makes for good radio. Due in part to lower listener (...)

Dusty Springfield.  Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

With homosexuality illegal until 1993 in Ireland, gender identity was an important factor in the migration of Irish people from the early modern perio(...)

She sounds like she was raised well south of the Mason-Dixon line in a small town where country and soul found common cause, agonising over life and l(...)

  ESB archive power station image

The Electricity Supply Board has unveiled a wealth of previously unseen footage commissioned by the organisation over the past 90 years. Released to (...)

John Lewis Christmas ad: Various versions of Elton John playing crisper versions of ‘Your Song’

We have, in these parts, managed to resist the annual hubbub surrounding the John Lewis Christmas advert. Nobody has talked much about the current inc(...)

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(...)

Aaron J Hart’s powerful, passionate truths about his troubles with mental health and addiction have caused a sensation.

The Irish public are slaves to the rhythm apparently. In the first series of Ireland’s Got Talent, no fewer than four dance acts have been chosen as f(...)

Louis Walsh: 'I say things I shouldn’t say and as I’m saying it I know I shouldn’t say it.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I never wanted to be on TV,” says one of Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV stars. “It was never part of the plan. Never, ever. I just wanted to be a m(...)

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