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Phil Coulter at the launch of his book, Bruised Never Broken, with broadcaster Eamon Dunphy who said the book was ‘fantastic’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Writing his memoir was “up there” with the many challenges Phil Coulter (77) has faced in his professional career, he said at the launch of Bruised Ne(...)

Maria O’Halloran with her children Sally (6), Peigi (3 months) and PJ (8) from Sandymount. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two weeks after landing their latest All-Ireland titles, Dublin’s victorious footballers finally made it back for their official homecoming. The Dubs (...)

John Sheahan: Fiddle player, composer, poet, wood carver and origami enthusiast.

“There’s always been a bit of a mystery about the fiddle,” John Sheahan muses. “Every time I pick it up, I wonder what kind of a sound I’ll get out of(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and artist Vera Klute, at the Guild Street site, in the docklands. Mr Higgins unveiled two sculptures of   Luke Kelly  on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Luke Kelly’s version of A Town I Loved So Well is regarded as the definitive one though it was written about Derry and not his native Dublin. The la(...)

Naoise Nunn: “I’m delighted to bring the ethos and the fun of Leviathan to the Library of Progress at Body&Soul later this month.”

The Time of My Life is a weekly column about a moment that changed someone’s life – for the better or the worse The venue was the Hub on Dublin’s Eus(...)

The late David Kavanagh

U2’s first booking agent David Kavanagh, who went on to manage Clannad and Celtic Woman to global success, has died at the age of 62. Mr Kavanagh di(...)

A  vintage video game. The gaming world has travelled some distance since the 1980s

It is as plain as the Ronnie Drew beards on their young faces, the milk bottles doubling as jugs on the tables of their achingly hip coffee shops, the(...)

Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan: Fairytale of New York still  retains its emotional heft. Photograph: Patrick Ford / Redferns
Happy 60th birthday, Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan celebrates his 60th birthday today. For many, this is a modest achievement, but for this singular singer-songwriter it is remarkable on(...)

Some game: the All-Ireland senior football championship final at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Jesus, Mary and Holy Saint Joseph. But that was some game. Dublin and Mayo left us reeling. In bits. The entire place was in bits after it. Not ju(...)

Martin Keane outside the Oliver St John Gogarty in Temple Bar, probably Dublin’s most profitable – and expensive – pub, with a pint of Heineken costing €8. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Martin Keane, the publican and developer at the centre of the stalled €100 million Iveagh Market regeneration project, radiates the rare auld times. H(...)

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