Sinead O Connor

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A manifesto of sorts from long-forgotten UK band Bright Girls defines this immensely insightful 4-disc collection. Their 1980 song Hidden from History(...)

Steve Wall: ‘The people and places and experiences of Clare were a huge part of me becoming a songwriter’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Stunning and The Walls singer reflects on his life and the 2017 car crash that devastated his family “It was a year from hell” for Stev(...)

Donald Trump: an uncharacteristic outburst of humility. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Sharing your name with a famous person presents certain challenges. Just ask any Sinead O’Connor. Imagine endless strangers asking when you stopped sh(...)

Report author Linda Coogan Byrne said the last time Irish radio supported female acts was during the era of Sinéad O’Connor, the Corrs and the Cranberries. Photograph: Paul Bergen/ Redferns

Most Irish radio stations rarely give airtime to Irish women musicians while some stations never feature home-grown female voices in their top 20 most(...)

Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

Anna Jordan: ‘I don’t really need to worry about the connection between what I do and who my father is. I got here through music college and hard work’

Eight years is a long time to tiptoe from total obscurity to just about popping the head over the parapet, but Dublin-based Selk are in no hurry to ca(...)

The Boomtown Rats singer on childhood, grief, rebellion, Brexit and Ireland’s progress Bob Geldof is staring at a painting in a private meeting (...)

The Boomtown Rats: Ireland’s original all-conquering rockers. Photograph: Ian Dickson/Redferns

Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats were, Thin Lizzy-excepted, Ireland’s original all-conquering rockers. Back when U2 were just a twinkle in the eye of (...)

All Together Now headliner  Iggy Pop: the septuagenarian  is making a living as the Andre Rieu of the moshpit generation. Photograph: Bjorn Tagemose

Sorry to disturb your Saturday morning nap, but has it ever occurred to you that we live in an age of stagnation, entropy and inevitable decline? Amer(...)

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