National Library director Sandra Collins with actor Rory Dignam playing the role of Sebastian Dangerfield, the protagonist of Donleavy’s novel The Ginger Man. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There are many stories surrounding the writing and publication of The Ginger Man, JP Donleavy’s great novel about student life in postwar Dublin in th(...)

Billy Connolly: spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease in BBC documentary. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Comedian Billy Connolly has sent out a cheerful musical message assuring fans he is “not dead” following a programme documenting his battles with canc(...)

Image from May 2018 of comedian Billy Connolly. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Billy Connolly admitted he is “near the end” and life is “slipping away”, as he spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease. The comedian makes the(...)

Brett and Pamela Stephenson of Wicklow Way  make fruit wines

It takes one hundred days of sunshine to ripen grapes. As we rarely get anything like a that in this country, we cannot produce wine. And yet, Sweden,(...)

Billy Connolly: ‘In my quieter moments I do sometimes think I could have done more (to help Robin Williams).’ Photograph: Luke MacGregor/PA

Comedy star Billy Connolly has said he “could have done more” to help tragic actor Robin Williams, who was found hanged last month.The Scottish stand-(...)