‘Are there actually three festivals happening in Ireland every week?” A common response whenever I try to explain the obsessive festival behaviour I’v(...)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: ‘[The name Dracula] comes from the Carpathian Mountains where people are very superstitious. Irish people are very superstitious, so I was able to engage in that’

I am sitting in a crypt with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of The Tudors, Mission Impossible 3 and the most recent incarnation of Dracula. In an adjoinin(...)

Children  at a blazing Halloween bonfire at Glasthule, Co Dublin, two years ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 500 tonnes of pallets, tyres and other materials stockpiled for bonfires has been seized by Dublin City Council in the lead up to Halloween.(...)

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