Mark Knopfler

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Malachy Clerkin with his daughter Cara in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

EIGHT different kinds of dad, some new, some wise with experience, on how fatherhood has changed them In Ireland, mothers are sentimentalised to(...)

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’  was written for the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter’, starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.  Photograph: Mondadori Portfolio by Getty Images

Although not a Christmas song per se, Baby It’s Cold Outside is an annual festive favourite. The call and response duet details a man trying to convin(...)

Mark Knopfler tends to be at one remove from the narrative arc of his songs, even those born of personal experience. Perhaps his training as a reporte(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann-pipe virtuoso in 1998. Photograph: David Sleator

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to master uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn who has died at the age of 72 having endured a long illness. He w(...)

'I like watching The Crown, it’s fun to imagine how the Royal family behave. I suppose anything about the Royal family is fascinating to us, it’s very weird.'

Current favourite book? A book I’ll take with me everywhere is The Darling Buds of May by HE Bates. They made it into a TV series which was okay, but (...)

If you are going to write an album that’s a “love letter to Nashville”, you need help with the penmanship. Most of Dan Auerbach’s career has dealt i(...)

David Bowie at Slane Castle on July 13th, 1987. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea / The Irish Times

David Bowie’s live performances were something to behold and it’s said that the singer, who passed away at the age of 69 on Sunday evening, had a cer(...)

Will it be Woz? Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is on the shortlist to be immortalised in wax at San Francisco’s Madame Tussauds. Photograph: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg News

Some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology figures have been waxing lyrical on Twitter this past week. Or at least, they’ve been getting excit(...)

The facade of the Windmill Lane site in Dublin’s docklands.

The demolition of the original Windmill Lane studios in Dublin’s docklands proved an emotional occasion for many U2 fans, whose musical heros were syn(...)

When it comes to trad, technical wizardry sometimes overshadows musicality when musicians become more hell-bent on breaking land speed records than(...)

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