The Entertainer

Old habits die hard with Michael Porter. “I go into Boots the Chemist and I says to the girl at the counter, Could you give me three condoms, Miss? She replies, ‘Don’t you miss me.’ “Says I, ‘OK then, give me four.’”

The O’Neill country

The English First Division’s 1987-88 season was a memorable one. John Barnes had just joined Liverpool and during that first year at Anfield the former Watford player terrorised defences to such an extent that he ran away with the PFA’s Player of the Year award.

Finding their niche

The Henry Girls have come a long way since they first beeped on music’s radar back in 2005. On the show which also spawned Mickey Joe Harte unto the world, RTE’s You’re A Star, the Donegal ladies won over audiences with their homely smiles, three-way harmonies and traditional vibe.

The devil’s in the dedils

Once upon a couple of years ago, I found myself holding up a bar at the top of Quay Street in Galway. My father and brother were there, each of us clutching a pint of Guinness and watching/listening to a session in the corner.

Bright lights, big cities

Popularity is easily measured in today’s internet-ruled world – it’s about where you rate in a Google search. If it is the barometer by which success is rated then rock band ‘A Northern Light’ are on the road to big things.

Finding Flann

Author and playwright Annie Caulfield has gone back to her roots for her latest creation, a stage production based on the surreal life of Brian O’Nolan.