‘The area itself was the epicentre of porn and filth and somehow we were dancing on cars’

Forty years ago, Alan Parker’s musical about a group of teenagers at the New York High School for the Performing Arts was released. Originally titled(...)

Brian O’Donnell. Photograph: Facebook

Warm tributes have been paid to well-known Cork publican Brian O’Donnell, whose unique management style of the HI-B bar in Cork city centre made it a (...)

Peony in flower. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

In the turning of an Irish gardening year, I always think of October as the gateway month, its weeks filled with the bittersweet beauty of autumnal de(...)

‘For the first child, every moment would be snapped for possible future significance. There would be far less photography for the second, and if there was a third, they’d be doing well to feature as a fuzzy blob at a football match no one can remember.’ Photograph: iStock

You may have had that surreal experience of coming out of Dunnes only to see someone like Beyoncé sail past. I’m not about to tell you this happened t(...)

 Imelda Staunton with her dog, Molly. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Preeminent Sondheim surrogate and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton smiles. “I remember a friend of mine who was working in television was told people don(...)

  Harvey Weinstein: There was resentment against  the producer   in Hollywood, not only for the stories bubbling around about women, but the way he humiliated men who worked with him. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

In her autobiography Child Star, Shirley Temple described going with her mother to see her new bosses at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after leaving Fox. Louis (...)

Anybody who knows what he or she is talking about will clarify that there was more to the French auteur theory than the notion of director as sole (...)

Gerry McIlroy’s successful  lucrative bet on his son’s British Open success inspired Vinny Fitzpatrick to wager on his son’s future sporting successes. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/RPA

Watching the Tour de France survivors snake their way through the Pyrenees, it struck Vinny Fitzpatrick he would get juicy odds on Oisín, his brawny b(...)

This study of children in film is essential for all committed cineastes

Your view on the documentaries of Mark Cousins, distinguished critic and film historian, depends very much on what you make of the Northern Iri(...)