Martina Topley-Bird performs with Massive Attacks. Photograph:  EPA/Jean-Christophe Bott

James Vincent McMorrow makes a welcome return home, but no one is overshadowing Massive Attack

Seagulls above the boardwalk on Dublin’s quays. It could be argued that the city’s seagulls are more highly evolved than those in other parts of the country. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Seanad begs to be taken seriously yet comes up with headline-grabbing silliness

Fans enjoy another hot day at Longitude festival at Marlay Park in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Allen Kiely

Marlay Park festival succeeds with electic mix of genres

Haim perform on the Main Stage at Longitude Fesitval at Marley Park. Photograph: Allen Kiely.

Haim electrify Marlay main stage and Disclosure easily live up to headline billing

Morgan Cooke and Ionia Ní Chróinín

How do you bring a novel on a famine ship to the stage? With delicate balance and theatrical invention

Matt Berninger of The National in London recently. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Irish audiences lay themselves bare for visiting rock bands . . . and then there's The National.

A Le Cool cover featuring the Pigeon House by Brendan McCarey

Dublin-centric prints and textiles have moved beyond tack to beautiful design

Google’s experimental “happy” newsroom processes were made public after the Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final – there was a distinction between negative terminology topping searches, yet more upbeat content being shared on social media. Photograph: Rowan Staszkiewicz/PA Wire.

Social-media companies trick people into thinking they are in control

Angel Haze performing at Glastonbury recently: ‘Being honest in my music was being honest with myself.’ Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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