Washington DC Rose Molly Eastman  onstage at the Festival Dome with Daithí Ó Sé during  on Monday night. Photograph:   Domnick Walsh

A competition that asks you to judge a woman not by her appearance, but by the calibre of her personality, the height of her attainments and the eccen(...)

Rose of Tralee: the joy is that no hint of modernity is allowed. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The Rose of Tralee turns 60 this year. And hasn’t she weathered it well! Doesn’t she have the look of a woman half her age! Maybe this is the year one(...)