Ireland vs Australia in 2006. Graham Geraghty of Ireland is driven to the ground by Danyle Pearce of Australia, a tackle which led to the Meath man being carried off. File photograph: Inpho

In the RTÉ studio during half-time Colm O’Rourke, who had managed Ireland to back-to-back series wins in 1998-99 said in aghast tones that he had just(...)

San Francisco: Cork councillor Bernie Murphy’s antics during his trip to the city left Irish officials red-faced. Photograph: AP Photo/HO/John Storey

Colourful Cork councillor Bernie Murphy left some Irish officials red-faced when he went to San Francisco in 1986 with a self-declared plan to get new(...)

Can you criss-cross America without gasoline? Technically, yes. But America has 100 filling stations for every Tesla station.

“Where we going, man?” asks the narrator, Sal Paradise, in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. “I don’t know but we gotta go,” replies his friend Dean Moriar(...)

Tim MacGabhann: from Kilkenny to Mexico

“The verb is the writer sticking his nose in,” Elmore Leonard famously wrote in his rules for fiction. The award-winning American crime writer was ref(...)

The Polish Murphia: Mikolaj, Spud, Agnieszka and Malwina

Working Abroad Q&A: Paddy ‘Spud’ Murphy from Taghmon in Co Wexford now lives in Cieszyn in Poland, where he works as a po(...)

‘I am not surprised by the allegations against Ryan Adams.’ File photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times

My approach to writing about music is to do it up close. This approach is not for everyone. Many critics – and there is no right or wrong to this – fl(...)

James Mustich: “I spent 14 years writing this and I know that I’m going to spend the next 14 years hearing from people what should have been in it.”

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by the American author James Mustich, is best understood less as a book, more as a kind of i(...)

US president Donald Trump:  the US midtterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 6th. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

During the long and increasingly grim political summer of 2016, amidst the first presidential campaign for which I was back in the US after eight year(...)

Johnny Depp: Excellent in ‘Ed Wood’

The grim soap opera that is Johnny Depp’s career – less Dynasty, more a gothic telenovela – took another swerve last week with the publication of a fa(...)

Racegoers shelter from the rain on Ladies Day at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Galway Races are decadent and depraved. Or is that the Kentucky Derby? Either way, as you read this, I’m there – probably trying to “pace myself”(...)

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