It took an English comedian, Steve Coogan, via the BBC, to relaunch Come Out Ye Black and Tans to an Irish audience. Photograph: BBC

There is a double irony in the revived popularity of Dominic Behan’s Come Out Ye Black and Tans, a song that briefly topped the British singles charts(...)

“Chaps, we have the bus, so let’s use it, I say,” said Charlie. “I suggest our first port of call should be Leopardstown . . .”.

Barney’s Bus had just tottered through Tulsk on Sunday at noon when Vinny Fitzpatrick tilted his large head against the window pane and began to nod o(...)

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, with Patrick Macnee as John Steed, in the 1960s television series The Avengers. Photograph: PA

You’d expect an interview with Diana Rigg to cast some nostalgic vapours about the place. Sure enough, in her recent chat with the (...)