The cover of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. “It may be not be far from the truth to say that the Beatles were exponents of what is known as Christian humanism.”

On June 25th, 1967, three weeks after the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles heralded a great leap forward in communications(...)

The Ladykillers:  sharply focused characterisations. Photograph: Steffan Hill

Lyric Theatre, Belfast **** In a series of madcap, jagged-edged scenarios, Jimmy Fay’s industrious production of Graham Linehan’s stage version of (...)

 “Not only is there a crack in everything, but in some Irish things, there’s a crack in the crack – or in this case, in the theory about the crack.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The ghost of Leonard Cohen was among the attendance at an event in Dublin’s Mount Jerome cemetery earlier this week. It was the now-annual commemorat(...)

Along with the centenaries of two Russian revolutions, next year will also mark the 50th anniversary of a rather more benign event that, even so, mark(...)

Paul Howard at Luggala, Co Wicklow, where Tara Browne is buried. Tara Browne is the subject of Howard’s new book ‘I Read The News Today, Oh Boy’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Paul Howard dared me to work his new book into a column. I Read the News Today, Oh Boy has nothing whatsoever to do with athletics or sport, although (...)

The Beatles  entered their most creative phase in the second half of the 1960s: costumes used on the  cover of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” feature in the V&A exhibition. Photograph: BIPs/Getty Images

Pick your way past Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery and avert your gaze from Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and y(...)

Gold medalist Simone Biles during the Women’s Floor Exercise final at the Rio Olympic Arena on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Davies/PA

A new Sports Illustrated cover, out on Tuesday, featured Simone Biles posing with her fellow multi-medallists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Their (...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

As it happens, I trotted along the seafront this morning with Sergeant Pepper’s blasting into my shell-likes, but only because I don’t understand the shagging phone

The managing director of an Irish advertising agency recently asked his “creative team” to imagine the playlist an “average middle-aged woman” (...)

Singer Donovan gave a lecture on the White Album, one of a series of 12 lectures on each of The Beatles’ albums taking place to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s only Irish concert. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Beatles were at the height of their powers after the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. They could have luxuriated in the be(...)