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James Brown was a brilliant stage performer, a major force in soul and funk music, and an icon for Black America. Yet, in the words of his daughter Yamma Brown, he was also a “monster”. Photograph: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

The other day I bought a James Brown record. Early stuff, when he was lead singer with a group called the Famous Flames. They were all teenagers when (...)

Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

Stevie Wonder t the 3Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley / The Irish Times

So Stevie Wonder has invited me and some close friends to a “Song Party” to “celebrate life, love and music”. Okay it’s at the 3Arena and there are se(...)

Isaac (Max Fincham), Sam (Jill Halfpenny) and Manny Mensah (Babou Ceesay). Photographer: Des Willie

There’s nothing especially dark about the money in Dark Money (BBC One, Monday, 9pm). If anything, it arrives utterly undisguised, indiscreet about it(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has criticised what he has described as a lack of progress on developing the Taoiseach’s proposed new covenant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Religious leaders are expected to ask Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to elaborate on Thursday on what he meant when calling for a new covenant between church (...)

Westlife in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

AHEAD OF THEIR CROKE PARK GIGS NEXT WEEKEND, PATRICK FREYNE SPENDS THE DAY HANGING OUT BACKSTAGE WITH THE BOY BAND TURNED ‘MAN BAND’ AT THE START OF(...)

Peter Andre today. Photograph: David Levene/Guardian

In 1998 Peter Andre disappeared. This was at the peak of his early fame, when he couldn’t have appeared more confident in his own skin – a sun-kissed,(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

It would be hugely ironic for an Ireland “that pushes relentlessly a secular agenda” to ignore the remarkable diversity among its people today “simply(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin taking part in the annual Way of The Cross  procession from the Wellington monument to the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Good Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin lamented the “harshness” of Irish Catholicism in the past while speaking at a ‘Way of the Cross’ event on Friday.(...)

Nick Cave: ‘Art must be wrestled from the hands of the pious.’ Photograph: Gus Stewart/Redferns/Getty

He is seen as one of rock’n’roll’s last defenders: showman, icon, innovator. But the musician Nick Cave has cast aspersions on the beleaguered genre’s(...)

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