Ed Sheeran concert in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on May 16th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London’s Irish community get chance to see what Ed Sheeran is made of when he takes to the stage at the London Irish Centre in Camden on Tuesday. “My(...)

Alexander McQueen in the 'McQueen' documentary: the fashion designer had a profound need for privacy

On the night that fashion designer Alexander McQueen took his own life in 2010, his long-time collaborator and friend Mira Chai Hyde felt a presence i(...)

Nobody’s fool:  Anthony Hopkins. Photograph: Ed Miller

King Lear Monday, BBC Two, 9.30pm A mad king rules over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England, and pretty soon everything descends into chao(...)

Carmel Breen, before her illness, supports Munster at a rugby match.

Imagine: you slip gently into the Land of Nod as a high-drive, progressive, active, healthy person only to awaken to an unexpected, uninvited invader.(...)

Almost everyone was too old for high school. Olivia Newton-John was nearly 30, Stockard Channing four years older

In October of 1978, Bob Geldof yawned and tore up a photograph of John Travolta on Top of the Pops. A decade and a bit later, his mate Sinead O’Connor(...)

Nothing Compares 2 Me: unless Prince asked them “he didn’t like anyone covering his songs”. Photograph: Richard Aaron/Redferns/Getty

Thirty four years ago, when Paul “St Paul” Peterson was the singer in The Family, a band Prince had assembled, he was sitting in his mother’s house in(...)

The Jessbrook Equestrian Centre, built by convicted drug trafficker John Gilligan beside his home. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jessbrook, the former home of convicted criminal John Gilligan has been declared “sale agreed”, eight months after it went up for sale with what was s(...)

Dead end? Every old house has its secrets, and there is often a likelihood someone may have died there.

Every old house has its secrets. As a new owner, you will probably never find out what went on within those four walls, and in many cases, there’s pro(...)

Dolores O’Riordan (pictured performing in New Jersey in 1996) died in London on January 15th at the age of 46. Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

“If you, if you could return Don’t let it burn Don’t let it fade…” For many Irish now in their 30s and 40s, The Cranberries’ Linger was the trac(...)

Shane MacGowan at his 60th birthday celebration at the National Concert Hall, in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nick Cave, Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, a Sex Pistol and the President of Ireland are at the National Concert Hall for Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday. I lov(...)

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