Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy performs ‘Together’ during the Eurovision Song Contest  final at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

It’s been a wild ride for Ryan O’Shaughnessy: beating the odds to qualify for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest final, seeing his song Together become (...)

Hamlet Sweeney: “We just wanted to write a great song so that if it didn’t make Eurovision, at least we’d still have a great song. And we nailed it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When we last met in January 2017, Hamlet Sweeney was sitting at the desk of a top-floor office on Dublin’s South William Street, laying out his plans,(...)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy  performs ‘Together’ in Lisbon, during the first semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

Against the bookmakers’ odds, Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy on Tuesday night qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final with his song Together. O(...)

Singer-songwriter Ryan O’Shaughnessy has been announced as Ireland’s entry at the Eurovision this May

Reality TV survivor Ryan O’Shaughnessy is the latest performer who will attempt to end Ireland’s miserable run at the Eurovision. Singer-songwriter O(...)

Tara Lee performing at First Fortnight 2013.

As someone who feels awkward in social situations and is prone to depression, 19-year-old singer/songwriter Tara Lee (her stage name) felt liberated a(...)

Christmas for me starts . . . on the day I go into town with my Dad a week or two before Christmas, for a wander around to just take in the atmosphere(...)