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Musician Richard Swift performing with the The Shins in 2012. Photograph:  Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Richard Swift, a cult US singer-songwriter and producer, has died aged 41. He had been diagnosed with a “serious medical condition” according to a fun(...)

‘Loneliness is a problem which faces too many of our people, and in particular older people,’ said Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Loneliness was as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It meant sufferers were more likely to suffer dementia, heart disease and (...)

 ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ speaks to the people of the Italian countryside with a sincerity that still allows flourishes of romanticism.

Imelda O’Reilly at L’Atelier To the headquarters of L’Atelier at the end of an exterior carpet – not up a red staircase, alas – that leads westwards (...)

Liverpool players celebrate with a banner supporting Liverpool fan Sean Cox who was severly injured during clashes ahead of the first leg match during the UEFA Champions League semi final. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA.

Liverpool FC fan Seán Cox remains in a critical condition after being assaulted while in the city for the first leg of the club’s Champions League sem(...)

Lip balm soothes the most sensitive part of the face during the freeze and fluctuation of winter and through the aggression of summer sun. Photograph: iStock

Lip balm is a product that I am never without, but I have a slight love-hate relationship with it. It soothes the most sensitive part of the face duri(...)

As growing numbers of children swap Mozart for Minecraft, a new boom is under way: adults learning, or returning to, the piano

Westland Row is a short street in Dublin but, once upon a time, I wished it went on forever. That way I would never reach my destination: the Royal Ir(...)

'If implemented properly a location tax would address dereliction and liberate millions of income tax payers from the heavy burden of excessive income tax.' Photograph: Getty Images

The wannabe Conor McGregor stares out the window from the Luas at the cut-stone walls of Grangegorman. He wears baby-blue Adidas and Nike combo, Moncl(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said reshuffle is an opportunity for some spokespeople to gain more experience. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil can win the next general election, party leader Micheál Martin has said. He said research and work on the ground within constituencies (...)

Macaulay Culkin, left: on the podcast the former child actor is relaxed, chatty and open

The #cleaneating #blessed crowd have Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop where you can buy overpriced zip-front denim jumpsuits whilst trying out some non-evidence(...)

Fintan and Gabrielle, during the 1990s, on holiday in the US.

Him: “Would you miss me if I was gone?” Her: “Are you talking about . . . suicide?” Him: “. . . Yes” This was an unsettling conversation that was rel(...)

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