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Tipperary’s Lar Corbett and Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell during the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Championship Final. In his autobiography, Tyrrell gives a very honest account of the extent he went to “to drive Lar mad”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Norman Mailer wouldn’t have known a sliotar if it was waved in his face. But the famously macho titan of American literature loved talking balls so he(...)

Writer-director-actor Warren Beatty in Los Angeles: “Rather than sit around and mourn the demise of the big screen and an audience of hundreds, we should be waiting for a revival of movies that are not sequels: a revival of the unknown.” Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

There’s a photograph of Warren Beatty that I’ve often wondered about. In it, Nancy Reagan is beaming like a star-struck teenager. Warren Beatty is bes(...)

Jimmy Breslin in New York in 1970. Photograph: Michael Evans/The New York Times
Obituary: Jimmy Breslin
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  • March 23, 2017, 01:01

Jimmy Breslin, the New York City newspaper columnist and best-selling author who levelled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 yea(...)

“When you live in fires and funerals and strikes and rats and crowds and people screaming in the night,” Jimmy Breslin once wrote, “sports is the only thing that makes any sense”

One Sunday afternoon in May, 1969, Jimmy Breslin, then running for president of the New York city council on the same ticket as his pal, the mayoral h(...)

The missing word   is “ass”

On foot of a recent column (“The Stylebook of Leviticus”, February 8th), in which I questioned the historical wisdom of Americans in adopting “ass” as(...)

The media gathered beneath the US flag at a Hillary Clinton event in New York on election night. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

It’s over and nobody really won because the United States has lost so much dignity, honour, respect and hope – qualities that matter more than wealth.(...)

Michael Bisping became the first British UFC world champion after beating Dan Henderson in Manchester. Photograph: PA

Cut off Michael Bisping at the neck and you will likely find that he is still goading you to come back for more as his head goes rolling across the fl(...)

Conor  McGregor launches a big right at Nate Diaz during their fight at UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph:  Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The biggest fight of his life. This is how Conor McGregor is describing his rematch with Nate Diaz in Las Vegas this weekend. One would imagine a non-(...)

Candles are lit  at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If the establishment of a citizens’ assembly on abortion is to spark an honest and open debate, perhaps anti-abortion campaigners might stop basing th(...)

It is the most frequently used word in everyday language but remains repugnant in ever decreasing circles. There, where one dares not speak its nam(...)

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