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Christy Dignam has fronted Aslan since 1982, an insuppressible institution in Irish music, who the late Tony Fenton affectionately called The ‘Lan.&nb(...)

Legend has it that when Bristolian trip-hop star Tricky was flown to New York to DJ, his entire set consisted of him playing the first Specials album (...)

We should not become prisoners of our failures because we cannot be perfect. Photograph: Getty Images

In his writings, Canadian-born Jewish novelist and songwriter Leonard Cohen reflected on issues of human-interest, such as religion, politics, loss an(...)

 Andrea Riseborough stars in spooky thriller Here Before

A little more than 12 months ago, when the Galway Film Fleadh went entirely virtual, we were already getting the sense that the Covid crisis was unlik(...)

Marine Memory vessels, Bouke de Vries, 2016. Eighteenth-century Chinese porcelain marine archaeology storage vessels. Photograph: Bouke de Vries

Imagine a beloved object: a cup, a plate or a bowl. Perhaps your favourite auntie owned it, or was it found in another country and shipped safely home(...)


You can’t blame them. There is to be no discussion of Bono or U2, and a request from management and record label that no headline should include menti(...)

The late Nika McGuigan (left), who won the Actress in a Lead Role award, and Nora-Jane Noone in Wildfire

The winners of the 2021 Iftas – the Irish Film and Television Academy awards – in the film and TV drama categories have been announced in a virtual ce(...)

John Murry: ‘I think Nietzsche was right when he said that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’

If you’re after cheery crowdpleasers, John Murry is not your man. Murry is 41, barely known, and has never come close to denting the charts. Yet he ha(...)

“We take for granted the wonder of the baptismal waters we swim in.” Photograph: Getty Images

Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least a powerful inclination to take someone or something for granted. I admit that I don’t give thanks every time (...)

Badly Drawn Boy, actor Robert Carlyle and BBC presenter Huw Stephens are just some of the admirers that Aaron Smyth has won over for his solo project.(...)

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