Jimi Hendrix

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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(...)

Mark Levins: a key player in the Irish music scene

Mark Levins, who died on Christmas Day, was a key player in the Irish music scene, not only as a well-respected guitarist, but also as a technical wiz(...)

Art and motion: Luas passed the Abbey Theatre.

“It makes people think differently. It’s going to network the city in a way that artists love,” says Dublin City Council’s arts officer Ray Yeates whe(...)

Sam Davidson, John Wilson, Alan Niblock, of John Wilson’s Taste, playing Cork this Friday night. Photograph: Brigitte “Bibi” Lehmann

“Rory despised everything to do with show business – in my time in Taste, we never had any big equipment, no huge PA, no big lighting rigs – it wasn’t(...)

Terence Trent D’Arby, now called Sananda Maitreya. Photograph: Tim Hall/Redferns

When Sananda Maitreya references his previous life as Terence Trent D’Arby, he looks uncomfortable. He even says “he”, not “I”, as though he is talkin(...)

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