Glen Hansard

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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan by the casket of his wife, Dr Emer Feely, as it arrives for her funeral Mass at St Pius X Church, Terenure, Dublin. Photograph: Damien Storan/PA Wire

Dr Emer Feely, the wife of chief medical officer Tony Holohan, was “a ray of sunshine that could brighten up the dullest of Mondays”, her daughter tol(...)

Glen Hansard and Bono on the Late Late Show

Every Late Late Show has felt like a special edition recently. Christmas began in earnest with the Toy Show at the end of November. Seven days ago, Do(...)

David Owens with his piano on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

One of the greatest pleasures of Christmas shopping in Dublin city centre is the atmospheric sound of buskers. This festive season, however, will be v(...)

Director Alan Parker is pictured in Moscow in 2004. File photograph: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze

Sir Alan Parker, who has died at the age of 76, was one among a wave of British directors – Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne were others – who emerged fro(...)

Dua Lipa in concert on the main stage at Electric Picnic: part of  Warner Music’s roster of artists.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pretax profits at the Irish arm of music giant, Warner Music, surged by 81 per cent last year to €990,956, as the US-owned Warner Music Ireland Ltd be(...)

Arran Henderson getting a word in edgeways in front of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin

In the opening scene of the film Once, Glen Hansard’s busking character is framed against the backdrop of a dingy alleyway off Dublin’s Grafton Street(...)

Glen Hansard: Covid-19 has halted much of his earning power. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Accumulated profits at the entertainment firm owned by Oscar winner and former busker, Glen Hansard last year increased by more than €90,000 to €1.3 m(...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan


Olwyn Donovan from Drimnagh about to kiss The Diceman (Thom McGinty) during her St Valentine’s Day 1992 attempt to set a world record for the number of kisses in eight hours. Photograph: Frank Miller

Thom McGinty is remembered as a theatrical presence on Grafton Street. As a gay icon. As a national treasure. But for me The Diceman was just an obsta(...)

The UK shipping forecast celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 and has been broadcast for almost 100 years.

Our sea area forecast may not have quite the same hypnotic appeal as the UK’s shipping forecast but it shares one particular quality with its more we(...)

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