Drake performs in Leeds on February 9th, 2017. Photograph:  Andrew Benge/Redferns

Drake’s Boy Meets World tour arrives as the artist is at the peak of his powers, and the show lives up to the hype

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg: what would the world look like if, armed with all his internet data on us, he was president of the United States? Photograph: Esteban Felix/AP

Politics is played out over social media. Imagine a White House Mark Zuckerberg

Una Mullally: Political posturing of Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg should leave us all reaching for the emoji that most signifies concerned.

Politics is played out over a web of social media. Imagine a White House Zuckerberg

Writer-director John Butler, centre, with the cast of ‘Handsome Devil’ –  Jamie Hallahan, Eoin Griffin, Jay Duffy, Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford and Finn O’Shea. Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images

Writer-director John Butler’s films always echo his own life. So what happened when he went back to his teenage years at Blackrock(...)

Old-school Nokia - streamlined and slick and back on the market

The 3310 evokes a time when everything was changing

At the time of Eircode’s launch, in April 2014, Liam Duggan (right) said “Ireland is setting a new world standard”. Standard for what, one wonders. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Poorly designed postcode system should already have been returned to sender

Historic change: in 2015 Ireland removed medical criteria from the legal recognition of gender. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Declan Henry’s interviews with transgender Irish are worthwhile, but already they feel partly rooted in the past

Sinead Hingston with her daughter Lily and her boyfriend Michael Green.

Meeting on Tinder, life as a young widow, whirlwind engagements and new arrivals

Edwin Sammon: “It’s always framed as ‘Brave man talks about his battle with cancer’. For me, it’s a treatable disease like any other disease. It’s an endurance test. I wouldn’t call it  a battle and I wouldn’t call myself brave”

When Edwin Sammon was diagnosed with cancer at 36, his new comedy show began to evolve. But his dark comedy didn't always find a (...)

Participants in  Young Blood. “It’s a good snapshot of Ireland in a moment in time”

Young Blood: an edgy night of hip hop and poetry in the NCH promises to present the voices of the next generation

Political home: Stephen Donnelly  with  Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TD’s political expedience makes post-crash aspirations for change appear hopeless

Jen Kelly: “It’s really heartening to see a new movement happening, like the Women’s Marches and a bit of fire under people’s arses.” Photograph: Beta Bajgart

A firefighter, an airline pilot and a high-wire construction worker are among the subjects of a new photography book

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters marching  as part of a national day of action to end direct provision living for asylum seekers in 2013. Photograph: David Sleator

How can Europe condemn the Muslim ban with so many drowning in the Mediterranean?

Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment rally in Dublin in 2016. File photograph: Alan Betson

Strike 4 Repeal’s planned action will inspire movement against the Eighth Amendment

Ralph Steadman cartoon of Hunter Thompson, from the 2008 documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S Thompson directed by Alex Gibney

Ralph Steadman spent days trying to find Hunter S Thompson for their first assignment, the landmark article ‘The Kentucky Derby Is(...)

‘La La Land’: This is a film that just has fun with itself, and generally, it’s “white” films that get to do that without anyone wondering where the bigger message is. It will win bigly. Photograph: Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP

Growing recognition of non-whites marks shift but identity remains too relevant

Thousands of people on Pennsylvania Avenue gather in the Women’s March and rally to protest President Donald J Trump the day after he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United State. Photograph:  Epa/Michael Reynolds

The millions of people across the world who marched in protest reveal the strength of the opposition

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Refrain from actually watching it and it’s easy enough to believe it’s a masterpiece

A talk show may be the ideal format for Brendan O'Carroll's Marmite creation

Apollo House should embolden not just activists in other sectors, but people inspired by activism. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The legacy of Apollo House is that the public now knows change can occur

Publishing unsubstantiated allegations gives the President-elect ammunition to further demonise the media and accuse legitimate n(...)

Twitter  trading  on the New York Stock Exchange: “People now scoff at Twitter’s inability to pivot or diversify or evolve or monetise or find a workable business model.” Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

‘At what point does the grief outweigh the positives you gain from Twitter?’

Steve Bannon, of the hateful online outlet Breitbart, will be in the White House. It will be the media’s role to challenge this new era, not treat it with such a light touch. Photograph: Getty Images

We should not be interested in humouring fascism. We should be invested in destroying it

When writing the to-do lists and goals for 2017, make time off a priority if you want to get more done.

Is saying you are busy an attempt to show how indispensable or important you are?

George Michael, who died this week. We manufacture emotional connections with famous people, and when those people die, their impact on our lives, and our memories and emotions associated with them create a helpless feeling of bereavement. Photograph: David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns/Getty

Events feed confessionalism as we express our sadness as a way of talking about ourselves

Seven years before coming out, George Michael performed with Lisa Stansfield at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness, at Wembley Stadium on April 20th, 1992. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

‘Pop hunk transformed into a gay icon when few celebrities had the guts to come out’

Eipic’s  Fionn Foley, Cian O’Baoill, Fionnuala Gygax, Roisin Ni Cheilleachair and Daire O’Muiri. Photograph: Bryan Brophy/1image

Culture review 2016: Post-truth, American fascism and white supremacy will affect art and pop culture for a long time

Protesters move mattresses into Apollo House on Tara Street in some direct action against homelessness. Photograph: Kitty Holland

People take action on homelessness because the Government has failed to act

Ellen Page stars  in David Freyne’s psychological horror film The Third Wave

Make sure you catch The Third Wave but steer clear of the smug shoppers

“As multibillion dollar companies took hold in our world, many people naively assumed – for no real reason – that tech companies would always do with “right” thing.” From left are, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Alphabet chief executive Larry Page, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, US vice president-elect Mike Pence, and president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Will they use their power to resist or do they want a piece of greatest ever act of ‘disruption’: the disruption of US democracy i(...)

Emigration gives the person who leaves the country a different perspective but Irish people who remain are not necessarily any less ambitious or creative. Photograph: Eric Luke

We should value young people who stay in Ireland as much as those who leave

Donegal: the coolest place in the world – and we didn’t need ‘National Geographic Traveller’ to tell us that

Yes to Donegal and Christmas markets, but no to automated airports

Nancy Whang  at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: “It may seem like I’m underplaying my abilities or accomplishments, but I just try to keep reality in check.” Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Whang got into music almost as a hobby, and she still worries: when is ‘somebody going to discover you’re full of s**t’

Imelda May at Other Voices. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Title sponsors and a larger cultural offering mean that this is the year when the Dingle event stops being a small music-industry (...)

 Leo Varadkar: Criticised by Willie O’Dea for accepting a guest slot on RTÉ’s “Late Date”, the Minister cooly tweeted: “Ah chill Willie . . . You’re most welcome to ring in a request if you like.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Varadkar radio gig could be a first step in politicians taking over the Irish airwaves

Women sell fresh produce at a street market in Hoi An

Vietnam may be chaotic and tricky but it’s also great fun and the food is stunning

Mary Garrioch and Philip Tyler, two of the presenters of RTÉ children’s programme ‘Bosco’, in 1982. Photograph: © RTÉ Stills Library

RTÉ outsources young people’s department but those Gilmore Girls are back

Ryan Tubridy on the set of last year’s Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

During tonight’s show, award yourself a mince pie each time you spot one of the following

I’ll never forget walking around Glastonbury the morning of the result and feeling so sorry for Brits with their heads in their hands (and not from hangovers). Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

It is a crime to wish away time, but I cannot wait for this year to be over

Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn said injecting centres would “kill communities”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

All Dubliners need to be provided for – hoteliers, councillors, and heroin addicts too

 Christmas lighting ceremony on Grafton Street, Dublin.  Visit DublinatChristmas.ie for the full programme of events  across the capital. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Big coats will keep you toasty, but cost of Christmas puts a chill down the spine

St Patrick’s Day in New York. “I think Irish people feel particularly affected by Trump’s rise to power, because the US, in many ways, is only down the road.”

What happens when someone in your family starts going out with a psychopath?

Aisling Bea: “People go to me ‘oh, you’re doing acting now? And would you be interesting in keeping up the acting?’ And I’m there with tears rolling down my face.”

Stand-up comedy, acting in ‘The Fall’, writing her own show and now team leader on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ panel show – Kildare woman (...)

US president elect Donald Trump. Over 140 pro-Trump fake-news websites were manned by youngsters in the Macedonian town of Veles, writing fake news stories to generate clicks for cash. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Fake news was clickbait frivolity until its Orwellian role in the US election race

Explore Your Archive Week: Members of Horgan’s Picture Theatre Orchestra, Youghal, Co Cork, circa 1920. Image courtesy of the IFI Irish Film Archive

Archives are hot, yes really, but cold winds are blowing through American Apparel

Facebook: “A friend of mine said she could no longer deal with waking up, grabbing her phone, and scrolling through other people’s drivel.” Photograph: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

The mindless new channels we’ve created across social media are screwing us up

 Katie Hopkins: In booking her, the Late Late Show placed itself on par with the worst of the barrel-scraping nighttime radio phone-in shows. Photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Making people roar at each other for entertainment value on serious issues is so over

Emoji. We predict this is too too much.

Wonder Women looks like corker, but Radiohead’s gig doesn’t fill us with excitement

Donald Trump   after the first presidential debate: The minute he  dipped his toe in the water, broadcast media rushed to him for ratings. Photograph:    Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

In a post-truth society where facts don’t matter, a surreal campaign was run on the lowest common denominator of hate

An attendee holds up a sign in support of  Donald Trump during an election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday in New York City. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

So many women voting Trump shows extent of misogyny in western society

Presidential contender Donald Trump: “Imagine children hearing the details on the news, and then hearing it excused by adults as ‘boys will be boys’.”

I wonder how the girls felt that the boys were taking up Donald Trump as ‘their guy’

Nails by Naomi Yasuda: just the “nailspiration” you need

Velvet Dr Martens and oysters are on the up, while Vine and Take That head the other way

Fight Like Apes in the early days

This week, Fight Like Apes called it a day. I first discovered them in the Róisín Dubh in Galway and nothing was ever quite the s(...)

Share pictures of hikes on social media: There is no purpose to not drinking if you can’t impose your new amazing healthy lifestyle on everyone as if holding off on booze for 30 days has magically turned you into some kind of Gaisce leader.

What is the point in punishing yourself if you can’t also publicly commend yourself?

Justin Bieber performing at the 3Arena in Dublin on Monday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

At times sullen and half-hearted, the star’s performance shows that his transition to grown-up artist is not quite complete

Justin Bieber fans Lucy Linnane and Jane Sicat, both from Tralee, Co Kerry Tralee, at the  3Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Canadian pop star’s fans flock to the 3Arena for the first in a series of concerts

Uber probably doesn’t want to have to engage with the archaic structures of minimum wage, paid holidays, pension contributions, sick pay and other benefits that protect workers. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Uber probably doesn’t want to have to engage with the archaic structures of minimum wage, paid holidays, pension contributions, sick pay and other benefits that protect workers. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Uber and Airbnb live in the type of economy where wealth never trickles down

‘The Great British Bake Off’ will be getting some new ingredients, with Mary Berry, above with Paul Hollywood, set to leave along with hosts Mel & Sue

Dingle is going to America, but 'Bake Off' is leaving its spiritual home

Supporters of the Waking the Feminists movement demonstrating outside the Abbey Theatre, to highlight the lack of gender equality in the theatre’s programme of events for 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Centenary commemoration was missing one crucial ingredient – an act of rebellion

William Huston, Daveed Diggs and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping

“Broadway was weird,” says Diggs of his time on award-winning musical Hamilton. Now back with his hip-hop outfit Clipping, Una Mul(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and her fellow Government Independents opposed AAA-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger’s motion calling for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Zappone operating in hostile environment rarely in tune to needs of women’s rights

At the New York pride march in June, 49 members of Gays Against Guns dressed in white to represent the lives lost in the Orlando nightclub massacre. Photograph: Monika Graff/Getty Images

Gays Against Guns draws on LGBT veterans of direct-action Aids campaigns

The Irish comedian has been named as a new team captain on British TV comedy show ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’

Aisling Bea and Bram Stoker are rising fast, while Sterling is going the opposite direction

Trump appeals  to every crackpot conspiracy theorist, every tinfoil hat-wearing rage-filled person, everyone who thinks America is in fact on the brink of a civil war, everyone who thinks a race war is the way to “take their country back”, everyone who is waiting for the rapture or sees things in biblical terms of good versus evil.

His baseless attack on the election process feeds every crackpot conspiracy theorist and extremist out there

Two Door Cinema Club: Kevin Baird, Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday

Constant touring, drink, drugs and demons tore the band apart. They’ve put the pieces back together for their third album, ‘Game(...)

What happens when your rent is raised a couple of hundred quid a month? There is no buffer. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Why are all the benefits for landlords? Some 20 per cent of TDs own rental property

Coldplay sold out their Croke Park gig for next July in about 40 minutes. Photograph: Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage

Coldplay are very popular right now – Twitter spam on the other hand...

Bailey McDaniel wipes off the side of the campaign bus of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before his campaign rally at the South Florida Fair & Expo Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Post-Trump Tapes, will women be more ‘allowed’ call out misogyny as they see it and experience it?

Kate Tempest: “It’s very unusual for a woman to be taken seriously just at first glance. We’re much more used to kind of looking at rather than listening to what a woman has to say.” Photograph: David Stewart.

The poet/ rapper/ playwright/ novelist is in full flow as she talks about her novel ‘The Bricks that Built the Houses’, her new al(...)

Conor Oberst and Band at Other Voices Austin. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Other Voices decamped to Austin for a new series. Here are 10 things learned

For some American voters, it’s a case of Hobson’s choice, so should they abstain from voting? Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Is abstaining from voting a political act or an anti-political one? In a contest with so much at stake, is it ethical at all?

 Solange Knowles: sisters are doing it for themselves

The girls are taking charge (hooray!) and so are the farmers (hmm)

Edward Snowden: Still holed up in Russia, still waiting for a pardon from Barack Obama.   (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

We seem unwilling to face to up the reality of the level of state surveillance of citizens that he exposed

‘Do I really have to go along with this? Oh no, oh God, me too, then.’ Many of Sharon Horgan’s jokes revolve around a reluctance to indulge. If there’s an acerbic thing to be said, it will emerge. Photograph:  Michael Rowe/Contour by Getty Images

Interviews of the Year: This highly successful, Bafta award-winning writer and actor is currently running two television shows, b(...)

Random breathalysing. The reduction of road fatalities is an example of a multi-faceted approach to a tragic problem. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ Irish Times

Political will and ‘joined-up thinking’ saved lives before, and could do so again

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 29: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters aboard her campaign plane at Chicago Midway Airport on September 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The obvious thing would be to sell a vision of blinding positivity. Remarkably, Clinton hasn’t been able to do that.

The 5th Annual March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday: “The crowd was diverse, but the largest demographic was young people.” Photograph: Eric Luke

This generation is not going to take what they have inherited in the Constitution

 Ruth Negga is attracting a lot of buzz for his performance in the film ‘Loving’. Photograph: Getty

Ruth Negga is a star to be reckoned with – real stars, not so much

Perhaps those who criticise the “tone” of campaigners for reproductive rights should examine why the quest for bodily autonomy makes them uncomfortable. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

If you aim for the clouds, you might get to the rooftops. If you aim for the stars, you might reach the clouds

 Grace Jones: ”One of the greatest gigs a decent proportion of the audience had ever seen? Probably.” Photograph:  Paul R. Giunta/FilmMagic

This was not so much a concert, but an experience, akin to a truly great exhibition at MoMA or a life-changing meal at Noma

Meticulously composed cabaret: RIOT, at the Spiegeltent until September 25th

RIOT - Can a great night out also count as a political act?

Rules, like bones are made for breaking: ‘People have been saying there’s a sort of mystique to [the videos]’

Sal Stapleton has knocked out five tracks and videos without leaving her bedroom

‘The average parent in Britain will post nearly 1,500 photos of their child before they turn five.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Oversharing photo-posters are embarrassing themselves as well as their children

The exterior of Berghain nightclub. Undoubtedly the best techno club in the world, it typifies Berlin’s libertarianism, hedonism, industrial architecture and love of quality electronic music. Photograph: Iain Masterton/Getty Images

Kreuzberg and its neighbour, Neukölln, have kept their bohemian style without losing their edge

Proper hot chocolate – cafes are cottoning on to lowering the sickly sweet sugar content

Hurray for hot chocolate, boo to those lost Ear Pods

Cable television companies pioneered tailored media packages, but now on top of that you join Netflix to watch Stranger Things and Amazon Prime to watch Transparent. You used to have a phone bill, and electricity bill, and a gas bill. Now you have a phone bill, an electricity bill, a gas bill, a TV bill, a Netflix bill, a Spotify bill, a mobile phone bill, an internet bill…

An irritating number of streaming services is the price we pay for quality programming

Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’ is a kick-ass rejection of consumerism, celebrity culture and cupcakes

'Hope Hunt'/'Wrongheaded' double bill dissects effects of patriarchy as 'Megalomaniac' shows vaulting ambition

Donald Trump during a campaign event: the reluctance of American journalists to  confront his lies with facts is staggering.  Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Progressive political rhetoric in US died after 9/11. Reactionary stupidity reigned

A visitor tests the Samsung S7’s waterproof capabilities at an electronics trade fair. Photograph: Getty Images

Good week for digital breaks, bad week for digital breakdowns

A sign is displayed outside Fabric nightclub following the announcement of its closure on September 7, 2016 in London, England. Fabric, which opened in 1999 and was voted World Number 1 Club in DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 Clubs Poll” in 2007 and 2008, has had its licence revoked by Islington council, a decision that has been condemned across the political spectrum. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Closure of iconic London club highlights paucity of Dublin’s clubbing scene

A scene from ‘Mandela Trilogy’, a musical by Cape Town Opera with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Former Dunnes Stores striker Cathryn O’Reilly and cast members of ‘Mandela Trilogy’ discuss the turbulence surrounding apartheid i(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook. Oftentimes, chief executives and founders speak as if they are assuming the guises of deities. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It is unethical that multibillion dollar corporations such as Apple pay so little tax

Journalist Louise Bruton with Sharon Horgan wearing a Repeal sweater.

Say goodbye to flower crowns , Repeal the 8th sweaters seen on and off stage

Maybe Dahl’s only truly feminist work is Matilda – leaving aside the cruel, mean-spirited Miss Trunchbull. illustration: © Quentin Blake 2016

He had a reputation as a ladies’ man, but how did Roald Dahl write about women in his books

Thomas Kane Byrne and Rebecca Proctor perform in The Hazel Wood, a new interactive theatre space in the woods of the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, County Laois. Photograph: PA

Hurray for September evenings – but boo to rain at the Electric Picnic

File photograph of a property-rental queue at Northumberland Road, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

As usual, it is the poor and young who are suffering the most amid the renting crisis

A weekend in London is probably just what you need right now

Good flight prices? Time to travelBad sterling? Time to travel

Pantisocracy is essentially a TV chatshow on radio. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There are gems and junk aplenty on late-night radio, from challenging chats to tunes

Students taking part in ‘School for Revolutionary Girls’ part of the ‘A Fair Land’ event which takes place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (IMMA) Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As IMMA’s courtyard is turned into a model village, a new project explores the lives of female teenagers in 1916 and today

The power of word of mouth has shifted to putting words in people’s mouths

‘Neo-liberal political entities, such as Fine Gael, love such [commercial] “relationships”, because it removes the responsibility of the State to altruistically fund things.’ Photograph: David Sleator

The council faces a difficult conundrum about financing the popular bicycles

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