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Yumi Katsura: ‘When I met Grace Kelly (above), I understood the real meaning of “elegant”  as a verb.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Among the latest linguistic outrages brought to us by advertising, I see, is the use of “elegant” as a verb.  At least according to Private Eye m(...)

President Michael D Higgins chats with singer Jack L at the unveiling of a plaque for Leonard Cohen in Athy. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Songwriter and musician Leonard Cohen worked with the Athy writer John McKenna on a requiem, Between Your Love and Mine, signing off on the final draf(...)

American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter was able to jettison his fitful sequence of temporary day jobs because he sold so many copies of his first two (...)

Golden but oldies: Dylan, Bowie, Madonna, Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson

It’s good to have Madonna back. The world seems a weedier, less vital place without her. A whole generation has punctuated life-altering moments with (...)

Jade Bird

Several months ago, on a bitterly cold day in early December, the British singer-songwriter Jade Bird walked across the Main Street of Dingle from her(...)

Buying carpets in Istanbul. Photograph: Getty

In 2013, a collective sigh from the attendees of a Sotheby’s auction in New York echoed throughout the room. A 17th-century Kerman carpet achieved $33(...)

Ferdia MacAonghusa: “Illness is something you carry, that you live with however you can. It’s a part of who you are, and being at war with a part of yourself is pretty damn uncomfortable.”

In hospital the first time, a social worker came into my room. I was 16, in a children’s ward – too tall for all the beds and frankly freaked out. My (...)

Tanya Sweeney: “I’ve started to think about the times my own mother taught me left from right, tying shoelaces, the difference between ‘their’, ‘they’re’ and there’. The most basic and quotidian things, doled out in moments of selflessness and sacrifice.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

When you get pregnant, you hear a lot of very nice platitudes. “You’re glowing.” (That’s not a glow, that’s a life without wine.) “You’ll be an amazin(...)

 Image from the funeral of John Reynolds in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Music promoter John Reynolds was remembered at his funeral on Thursday as “innovative, energetic and ambitious”, as an immensely hard worker and as a (...)

Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is destroyed moments after being sold for more than £1m. Photograph: PA  Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is destroyed moments after being sold for more than £1m. Photograph: PA

The moment I love most in the video Banksy has released of his latest art stunt is when a bespectacled man with the intelligent, well-groomed air of a(...)

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