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Paul Allen   speaks  in New York, US, in April 2011. File photograph: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

Had I ever met Paul Allen? Following the announcement of Allen’s death at 65 this week from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an editor wanted to know if I’d ev(...)

  Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen waves as he is honored for his 20 years of team ownership before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist, has died aged 65. His death wa(...)

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(...)

They’ll have a field day with this when Facebook is invented: Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons in ‘Brideshead Revisited’

The time when media fatheads humblebrag about doing badly in their Leaving Certificate has passed. We are now in the later stages of an equally infuri(...)

Seattle has a sort of mellow ambience that has a feel of Cork or Dublin, though on a much vaster scale.

Before going to Seattle, I had not given much consideration to visiting. It was the setting of Sleepless in Seattle, obviously, and, more recently, Fi(...)

Michael Murphy: wherever he plays, he’s likely to be pivotal to Donegal’s hopes of beating Tyrone to book a place in the All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The epiphany was, according to Keith Duggan on these pages, like a realisation that they had been using Jimi Hendrix as a roadie for the past couple o(...)

Pope John Paul II’s visit to Galway in  1979. That experience confirmed your isolation from the church and propelled you towards a life resisting the establishment.

Greetings, older columnists. The Holy Father will be here sooner than you think. There are only two months to go before editors demand nostalgic piece(...)

 Peter Stringfellow with some of the women he has been auditioning for his new tableside dancing club, Cabaret of Angels, in 1996. Photograph: PA Wire

Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died of cancer at the age of 77. The businessman, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died in the earl(...)

Hard Rock Cafe Dublin - “love all serve all” at the bar

As you walk into Dublin’s Hard Rock Cafe, just reopened after refurbishment, one big thing hits you. Or rather, doesn’t hit you. U2’s famous Trabant f(...)

Noel Hill: kicked in the head so hard that his left eye socket was pushed into his skull.  Photograph: noelhill.com

The fame of Noel Hill in Irish traditional music circles had earned him at least two notable mentions in song. One was on Christy Moore’s comic master(...)

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