Unshamed Magdalenes: among the women who met President Michael D Higgins last year were Rita Lawlor, from Raheny in Dublin, Sally Donohoe, from Ballymun in Dublin, and Catherine Mary O’Connor, from Julianstown, in Co Meath. Portraits by Cyril Byrne

The list of injustices faced by more than 10,000 women who were confined at one point to Magdalene laundries in Ireland is long and harrowing: the los(...)

The Dublin band The Blades, fronted by Paul Cleary, onstage in 1985. Photograph: Terry Thorp

What does a nation in crisis sound like? It’s a pertinent question for our uncertain times, which has of late been occupying Bob Stanley. For Stanley,(...)

Jenny Attridge, from Bantry, Co Cork,  arriving for the  ‘Dublin Welcomes Home the Magdalenes’ event  at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The State failed in its duty of care to the women who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said. Speak(...)

Keeping it country: Big Tom on stage at Cork Opera House (1981).

On Tuesday morning, as the tributes pour in for the late Big Tom McBride on the Ryan Tubridy Show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays), one song in particular spri(...)

Nathan Carter performs during ‘The Late Late Show Country Special’. Photograph: RTÉ

Country and western singer Big Tom was recalled as “the Johnny Cash of Ireland” on Friday night during the Late Late Show Country Special. Big Tom M(...)

The Late Late Country Special will pay tribute to Big Tom McBride (above, with Ryan Tubridy)

Rás na Húicéirí go gCiarraí Friday, TG4, 8pm Rás na Húicéirí go gCiarraí Three vessels - the American Mór, the Mac Duach and the Mac(...)

Moment of victory: Andrea Begley with Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, her coach, and Holly Willoughby, one of the presenters. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC

Andrea Begley, the Co Tyrone singer who won the BBC’s The Voice UK last weekend, is different in person from how she appeared on screen. On television(...)