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Paddy Murray: “When  see so many people who clearly don’t believe there is any pandemic or, if they do, don’t give a damn, it scares me.”

It is 22 years since I was told I was suffering from Lymphoma. I had, for years, put up with red blotches on my skin, assuming – as my then doctor di(...)

The alarming uptick in Covid-19 outbreaks, after Northern Ireland’s cheering early record, gives figureheads Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill another chance to show unity, a tiring public willing them on. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Pandemic dilemmas have merely blurred the incoherence of the five-party Stormont Executive. The alarming uptick in Covid-19 outbreaks, after Northern (...)

 Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann: accuses musician Van Morrison of encouraging people not to take Covid-19 seriously. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann has accused Van Morrison of making dangerous comments about Covid-19 and giving succour to “conspir(...)

Van Morrison: ‘I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already.’ Photograph:  Terry Thorp

Van Morrison has claimed that the UK government is using Covid-19 restrictions to “enslave” the population in three new anti-lockdown protest songs. (...)

Susan Stanley on stage during Anything Can Happen 1972 at the Playhouse in Derry. Photograph: The Playhouse

At the Playhouse in Derry, the theatre is empty, but the seats are full. On each one is an object – a babygro, a stuffed toy, a photograph – looking u(...)

This is an exciting time for Irish music. the dreary male with Guitar is being replaced and a wave of multicultural and multifaceted (...)

Fans wathc a game at  Austin Stack Park from the wall around the stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

You’ve met this man. He is hitting maybe 80, wears the years the way a superhero wears a cape and with dark humour he tells you that Covid will be the(...)

Tim and Fred Williams react to U2’s Where the Street Have No Name. Photogaph: YouTube

Have you ever mentally pictured a scenario in which aliens landed on Earth from outer space and heard U2 for the first time? Well, thanks to the inter(...)

 Van Morrison:  75 today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

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The Hard Rock Hotel reception in Dublin

It is, of course, different strokes for different folks. There may well be people in this world who will linger over ephemera from the likes of Floggi(...)

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