Queen Elizabeth  is seen in London, England, on Saturday. The queen’s birthday honours have been released. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Former frontman of The Undertones Feargal Sharkey (60) has been made an OBE in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours. Sharkey is one of several musician(...)

Anne O'Neill: I was 50 on my last birthday. Photograph: Ciara O'Donnell

Last summer I had my 50th birthday. Fifty, which Victor Hugo called the youth of old age and is, according to George Orwell, the age at which everyone(...)

Joanna Trollope in ‘The Irish Times’ podcast studio to chat to Róisín Ingle

“I don’t really mind about the snobbery. I don’t expect anyone to need a PhD to read my novels,” says English author Joanna Trollope. “It doesn’t ma(...)

Some 14 viewers of BBC Sunday night blockbuster Poldark have now complained to Britain’s broadcast regulator, Ofcom, about a rape scene in the hit BBC(...)

Catherine Conroy writing in her yard, with bunting and bells for company

I am sitting in the garden, reading and working on college assignments. I look up to see my dad standing at the back door, looking unconvinced. I s(...)