Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Al “Blue” Lewis in Croke Park. Photograph: Getty Images

On April 4th, 1972, Harold Conrad arrived in London from New York. Booking into his hotel, he was surprised to discover three urgent messages from so(...)

 Ryan Moore guides  US Army Ranger  to victory in the  MBNA Chester Vase at Chester racecourse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It is 109 years since the legendary Orby became the first Irish -trained winner of the Investec Epsom Derby and nine entries from Ireland remain in c(...)

Aidan O’Brien has seven entries left in for Saturday’s Epsom Derby. Photograph: Getty

Market leader Wings Of Desire was among four horses supplemented for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom. A total of 18 remain in the premier Classic (...)

Madeleine Lebeau: “It wasn’t that I was cut out, it was because they kept changing the script, and each time they changed it, I had less of a part.” Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

Madeleine Lebeau, a French actress who attained movie immortality with one scene, when the camera zoomed in on her tear-stained face as she sang La Ma(...)

Moonlight Magic takes the Derby trial at Leopardstown. Photograph: Sportsfile

The timing of Jim Bolger’s return to winning form coincided with Moonlight Magic appearing to earn a spot in racing’s most timeless classic although S(...)

The idea of becoming a journalist came from “watching Humphrey Bogart with a trilby on saying things like ‘hold the front page, sister’.” In retrospect he’s amazed at how easy it was.

Michael Parkinson has interviewed over 2,000 people. He recently had reason to review them all when compiling a DVD collection and he’ll be discussing(...)

Casablanca (1942)
Ten great movie bromances

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When your birthday falls on Christmas Day, you may be shortchanged in the presents (and cake) department. Photograph: Thinkstock

What’s it like being born on Christmas Day? As you feverishly open your presents, spare a thought for those poor, forgotten children who have to shar(...)

Illustration by PJ Lynch from his book The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune

A dragon is flaring his nostrils at me. A demonic little boy glares gleefully from the front carriage of a ghost train. A young man stretches his a(...)

Patrick O’Donoghue in the RTÉ series The Gleneagle. Photograph: RTÉ

In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart’s Rick famously complains: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” And of all t(...)

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