Lois Kapila of the Dublin Inquirer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

From the firmly established satirical website Waterford Whispers News to the new literary journal Banshee, Ireland’s new generat(...)

Wellies outside fields, festivals or fishing Cannot be justified

Healthy chocolate spreads are all good, but put the wellies away

Louise McSharry (front) with Una Mullally on Dublin's South Wall. "When I was diagnosed with cancer, Louise was one of the first people I called, even though we weren’t particularly close. I was crying and asking for help and I knew I could trust her." Photograph: Eric Luke

Louise McSharry and Una Mullally initially bonded over cancer but the 2fm presenter has overcome many other obstacles in life. Now(...)

Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek in Bloodline

The slow-burning, finely acted Netflix drama is made for attentive viewing

Even at a basic financial level – which is how you have to talk to Fine Gael – why won’t the Government prioritise the capital, when Dublin is the driving force of the economy? File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

With a directly elected mayor scuppered for now, there’s a feeling no one is in charge of the city

Joan Webster and Noeleen Cummins celebrate as the final vote is announced in The Same Sex Marriage Referendum in Dublin Castle, Ireland today 23 May 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“There are moments of togetherness that words cannot do justice.”

The millenial’s Birkenstock

We are loving Fatti Burke but not so keen on the return of FCUK

Changing one’s lifestyle in a revelatory manner is one thing, but following that through Happy Pear-style indicates a much deeper passion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Twins David and Stephen Flynn have built a mini-empire on their healthy eating philosophy. With the upcoming release of their seco(...)

Celebrate the anniversary of the marriage referendum with these events around the country

Celebrations in the courtyard at Dublin Castle following the same-sex marriage referendum result. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eighth Amendment is being kicked into touch in the same manner as marriage equality

Chris Kraus: “Satire is a sensibility that’s under-represented in the culture.”  Photograph: Reynaldo Rivera

The US writer’s seminal novel about a curious love triangle is a touchstone for feminists. But don’t expect its author to take her(...)

Ditch the buttercream and fondant for your wedding cake.

In this wedding themed what’s hot we are loving going local and not so hot on wedding hashtags

Postponed: ‘The reality is, if the festival couldn’t happen in 2016, with all of the marketing buzz around the commemorations for the centenary year, the goodwill towards all things Irish and patriotism, it is doubtful that it can be successful a year later’

‘The organisers of Ravelóid should be applauded for giving it a shot’

Irish cute hoorism is often applauded in politics. But in Danny Healy-Rae’s case his is devoid of tactical skill, and his particular brand of it – not yet has polished as Michael’s – is stupidity dressed up as self-interest.

TD abandoning interests of very people he claims (repeatedly) to be representing

 There is little from Barry Cowen’s ‘Generation Rent’ document, which is odd considering he only published it in August and was at the forefront of Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team. Photograph: Eric Luke

Those who voted for Fianna Fáil can rest easy that they’re fighting the good fight on a water utility bill and not much else

The Sun’s version of “truth” sowed deep resentment and distrust in readers and consumers of the trashier sectors of the media industry.

Where will the trivialisation of reality and abandonment of sources, facts, and substantiation leave online news outlets?

The Gloaming at Body & Soul is one of the best bookings this summer

We’re enjoying watching the progress of the Joan Didion documentary on instagram but not so keen on ant invasions

Abusing people online removes face to face interaction, so what happens when people have to read such abuse to women in person?

The perception was that Prince was brilliantly nuts, an absolute eccentric in every facet. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Every time you saw Prince appear on stage, there was pure joy emanating

Census of the Heart asks questions that are related to connections to and relationships with one’s home, job, community, friends and family

A parallel measure of the population asks about identity and feelings

No, we’re not hardy enough to do it year round, but we’re nearly ready to dip our (shivering) toes in the water

Taking a dip in favour of sea swimming, but bags of herbs are less of a winner

The news that Andrews Lane Theatre is to be turned into a 115-room hotel means another big dark room where people danced will be gone.

With the demise of Hangar there is not a single designed-for-purpose music-driven nightclub in the city centre

The annual Women in Media event at Kilcooly’s Country House Hotel, Ballybunion, Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Much was learned at the fourth annual Women In Media (WIM) conference at Ballybunion in Kerry at the weekend

Limerick's Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle where patients are waiting on trolleys in corridors to have operations due to overcrowding.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said there were 569 patients on trolleys in hospital emergency departments this morning - the highest number ever recorded.Pic Emma Jervis / Press 22

The HSE features a collage of crises, and colonoscopy waiting lists are just one

The Irish Times Women’s Podcast named director Louise Ní Fhiannachta as the recipient of the inaugural Irish Times Women’s Podcast Woman To Watch Award. Photograph: Roisín Ingle via Twitter

‘Irish Times’ Women’s Podcast awards director of TG4’s ‘Eipic’ at Women in Media conference

Joan Burton criticised the disproportionate maleness of the current government negotiations on Saturday, while speaking at the Women In Media conference in Ballybunion, Co Kerry.

Tánaiste tells conference about misogyny and abuse suffered by female politicians

Former “Irish Times” editor Conor Brady: “How do we pay for good journalism as distinct from ‘infotainment’ and recycled celebrity news?” he asked the ongoing Women in Media conference   in Ballybunion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Brady describes issues of funding models’ demise at Ballybunion conference

Like Kimmy, Kemper is chirpy and upbeat, endlessly polite and sincere.

As the second season of Tina Fey's critically acclaimed Netflix comedy launches today, the cast talk big laughs, bad tempers and a(...)

RSAG: ‘I use Take by Propellerhead. It’s a quick and easy way to get down some ideas on the fly, and it’s free.’

From something as simple as Apple’s Voice Memo to the Animoog synthesiser, here’s what 10 Irish musicians love having to hand

There have been protestors outside Government Buildings for the last fortnight calling for the repeal of the eighth amendment.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

Growing chorus of British journalists condemning our brutal, criminalising, archaic and oppressive abortion laws

Clockwise from left: Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Teeter, Ashlei Sharpe-Chestnut, Erin Wilhelmi and Saoirse Ronan (foreground) in The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York/ Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Ronan’s theatre debut is with Ciarán Hinds and Ben Whishaw in a formidable production directed by Ivo van Hove

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses attendees during a campaign rally at Saint Mary’s Park in Bronx, New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Bernie Sanders rally ahead of New York primary highlights key issues in Democratic race

Redressing the balance: organisers of Our Table pop-up restaurant Fiona Corbett (left) and Michelle Darmody (second right) with Annet Mphahlele (second left) and Ellie Kisyombe: “This is another way of bringing in people, making friendships.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Quality of life in direct provision is made worse for many residents by lack of access to cooking facilities and appropriate food (...)

So it’s basically an iphone 5 then?

We’re confused by the latest iphone but loving Calvin Klein bikinis

James Thomas: “The New Yorker [coverage], I can’t believe that happened. It is a domino effect”

Through his 40-plus Twitter accounts, as Astonishing Sod among others, James Thomas has created an utterly strange and original ty(...)

Actor Niamh O’Rourke portrays  Countess Constance Markievicz at an Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘In a country with a lot of barrier-breaking to be done for women, a female narrative is a welcome one’

Easter Rising: re-creating 1916 outside the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Want to remember the 1916 Rising this weekend? Or avoid it altogether?

Former president Dr Mary McAleese at the launch of the LGBT Ireland report with Daniel Zagorski and Ciara Sheehan, both from BelongTo. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Report is insightful but it sounds an alarm

“Tell the cat to chill”: Prince, the master of all he surveys

Here are some famous anecdotes that we’re really hoping will crop up in Prince’s upcoming autobiography The Beautiful Ones

As the cranes return to our capital’s skyline, the tide is going out on bricks.

Modern architecture holds bricks in disdain – and the evidence is everywhere

Mark Thomas

The activist-comedian brings his new show to Dublin next week. Here’s a sample of what to expect

Wicked Game: James Vincent McMorrow’s cover features on the trailer for the new series of Game of Thrones

Songs by Irish musicians such as James Vincent McMorrow and Hozier are all over TV at the moment. What’s the business behind it? (...)

‘My attitude towards what a “woman” is has to be inclusive, because who on earth gets to decide it isn’t?’

#FreeWomen was not meant to exclude anyone, but just draw attention to sidelined women

This week we’re loving great coffee but exhausted with loyalty card overload

Suffragist Margaret Sandhurst was the first woman to be given the Freedom of the City, in 1889, three years before her death.

Nothing stopping the city awarding 70 women the Freedom of the City to achieve gender parity

The threat that hangs in the air at night when a woman is walking past a group of men is not made up, it is not fantasy or an unfounded fear. Photograph: Thinkstock

Men need to call out unacceptable behaviour by their friends, writes Una Mullally

Old hand Joe Costello managed to steel himself for the press. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour must ask why the leaders of tomorrow aren’t gravitating towards them


Becoming a mother in Sierra Leone brings with it the highest rate of maternal death on the planet. Una Mullally travels to the wes(...)

Jimmy Napes and  Sam Smith backstage after their win for Best Original Song at last weekend’s Annual Academy Awards. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Also nominated for a best-song Oscar last week was Anohni, the first transgender person ever to be in the running for an Academy(...)

Renua  failed to elect one any candidates, including Lucinda Creighton, viewed as one of the most recognisable and vocal TDs against abortion.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Candidates who specifically positioned themselves as against choice failed miserably

Everywhere that Fianna Fáil won seats there was talk of constituency work, the repeated mantra that forgets that a general election is a national one. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The electorate clicked its heels and didn’t just end up in a tornado but created one

Unbound - a new ‘InstaMiniSeries’ of 15-second videos - promises to take viewers on a journey of ‘meaning, metaphor and intention’(...)

Shonda Rhimes’ TED Talk  is one you need to watch

We’re enjoying pink bomber jackets but ’storage almost full’ messages are driving us crackers

Pure cool: Róisín Ní Chéileachair as Mona and Fionnuala Gygax as Bea in TG4’s Eipic

Frenetic and funny, touching and blunt, equal parts Pure Mule, Skins and Glee, Eipic is currently one of the best things on Irish (...)

‘So how did whoever do on whatever debate? I don’t know. And I’m not sure if it matters.’ Photograph: Maxwell/AFP/Getty Images

‘I’m allergic to their voices, their butchering of language, their PR’d answers, their deflection, their evasiveness’

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Author Harper Lee’s death is sad but her first novel has life lessons for us all

Roz Purcell’s book launch is a lesson in substance over style

We’re cray for Bey and sick of election mail

Minister for the Arts Heather Humpheys on Culture Night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Free tin whistles, education changes and plenty of funding are just some of the arts promises in the various political parties' ma(...)

During the leaders’ debate on TV3 last week, abortion was framed solely in the context of fatal foetal abnormalities. It is such a typically Irish approach: why risk actually talking about the issue when you can just discuss a little bit of it? Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

No issue exposes the unwillingness to engage on important topics more than abortion: we are all part of the conspiracy of silence (...)

Beyoncé is no stranger to Dublin. Ahead of her tour, here’s her city guide

Enda Kenny tried to  to pin some kind of blame on Gerry Adams who said he would recruit 3,000 gardaí and reopen 140 Garda stations. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Anything that comes into view during an election campaign automatically takes the shape of a football before the eyes of a politic(...)

Asylum seekers protesting against conditions at Birchwood House direct provision centre in 2014: “Who benefits from imposing a structure on people that strips them of their dignity and identity?” Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Entire childhoods are being lost in the direct provision system

The only true successor to Joan Rivers has a great  four-part series on Netflix

This week we’re liking ’Chelsea Does’ but we’ve had enough of neon running shoes

 Viceland’s  Creative Director Spike Jonze with Balls Deep host Thomas Morton. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

Media empire Vice’s unstoppable youth-culture charge continues as it sets its sights on the 24-hour TV market

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

It is incredible how no party has capitalised on young people's political involvement in referendum

Trinity College will  explore the possibility of consent modules for the wider student body. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A solid framework of education on consent and sex makes things a lot less blurry

Creative hub: Laura Dovn and Grace McEvoy of Block T in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Centre housing more than 70 studios must look for a new Dublin home

High maintenance doughnuts

Forget ‘The Revenant’ and fancy doughnuts, and focus on sorting out your festival schedule

Jackie Chan takes on the IRA in his latest film. Here’s how we see it playing out

 David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles this month. The two are reprising their X-Files characters Mulder and Scully with a six-episode revival on RTÉ. Photograph: (Brinson+Banks/The New York Times

The 1990s show - which returns to TV this week - was often dismissed as fodder for teenagers and conspiracy theorists, but its leg(...)

‘Criminalising drug use doesn’t work’.

The highest level in Europe of so-called ‘legal high’ drug use was found among young Irish people

Head in hands stuff as Palin re-emerges to “stump for Trump”. Photograph: AP Photo

We're a bit cold and miserable, it's January alright?

Protesters gather in front of Cologne Cathedral on January 9th to protest against the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne, Germany. Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images

We are all shamed when one of our own does something terrible in another country

While awards season can be unpredictable, there are certain things you can also be damn sure will go down on the night of the Acad(...)

David Bowie albums in the window of Sister Ray Records in Soho, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Artist went from androgyny to outer space, before becoming elder statesman of British music

 A women lays flowers at a mural of British singer David Bowie in Brixton, birth place of the late David Bowie in London, on Monday. Well-wishers have flocked to the  mural to pay their respects following the announcement of his death. Photograph: EPA

His music was an portal escape, a sense that with a lightening flash we could be heroes

Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

While international outfits benefit from our crew and acting talent, homegrown TV drama has yet to translate to an internation(...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Education, disability access, direct provision and women’s rights will likely be on the agenda in 2016

As Jigga plots the all-pop-conquering future of Harry Styles, here are some other dynamic duos

The events that will have the least impact are the ones that people view as the most controversial or divisive, the ones that politicians negotiate over in terms of properness and suitability. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Rising reminds us of greatness; a time when political leaders had big ideas

How many likes would a status from the afterlife get? Probably more than your eggs benedict. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Our obsession with maintaining an online presence is now creeping into the afterlife

Students crossing the cobblestones in Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Free’ fees already cost €3,247, yet there are plans to burden young people further

The street art that emerged around the marriage referendum coloured not just walls and doorways but also conversations

Una Mullally: After a terrible diagnosis back in March, I’ve been given the best Christmas present ever. The cancer is gone. Photograph: Getty Images

In the last nine months, there have been moments that I never want to relive

Enda Kenny’s pussyfooting has reached such a level of deftness that if he’s not taoiseach in the next government, he’s a sure thing for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins.

Offensive language of anti-choice tells women we do not know our own bodies

“Irish male politicians, in that typical Irish fashion, seem to be okay with quotas unless they personally get caught in the crossfire: gender equality nimbyism.”

In the hypothetical ‘How To Get Elected To Office In Ireland’, the ‘merit’ chapter is pretty small

Blistering feminist energy: Reykjavíkurdætur. Photograph:  Sigurður Ástgeirsson

Gender balance, a sophisticated vibe and great acts mark this festival out

One of the bill boards that Airbnb had to apologise for and remove.

“Tax is a problem the past concerned itself with. This is the brave new world, and we do things differently here. Look, there’s a (...)

Graham and Helen Linehan: “Ireland turns its back on women in a time of need.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Helen Linehan had an abortion because of a fatal foetal abnormality. Now she and her husband, the ‘Father Ted’ creator Graham Line(...)

Not-In-My-Back-Yard: The scene at Rockville Drive, off Glanamuck Road, Carrickmines at the site of the proposed emergency halting site. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Carrickmines blockade did not take place in a vacuum, but in our discriminating society

Panti: the pronounced, vivacious, magnetic creation of Rory O’Neill, who is reserved, slightly stand-offish, shy. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Panti, Rory O’Neill’s drag queen, is the subject of a new film. Her persona and what she represents are the result of decades of c(...)

 One Direction fans  outside the 3Arena in Dublin ahead of Friday night’s gig: from left, Laura Twohig, Niamh O’Leary, Leighan Morey and Tanya O’Mahony, all from Cork. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

1D begins a weekend of gigs at the 3Arena in Dublin on Friday night - all sold out of course

To the limit: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in The Program

Foster’s blood-doping preparations place him among a pantheon of actors who go that extra mile of crazy for their art

Marks & Spencer has launched #ShowYourStrap, a social media campaign that encourages women to take and post a selfie with their bra strap showing

‘The sexualisation of breast cancer awareness has been almost inevitable. I don’t have breast cancer, but if I did I’m not sure ho(...)

Aisling Law, a descendant of Maud Gonne, in Rossnaree House, Slane, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aisling Law, a great-granddaughter of the rebel, feminist and social activist, is opening her doors to the public for the Muse of (...)

“Porndog  encapsulates many food and restaurant trends in Dublin that need to just go to their bedroom and think about what they’ve done.”

Dismantling of generic Irish restaurant menu is to be welcomed

Maeve Higgins

‘My career is different to my male peers. I was always told that I was ‘niche’

David Bowie, 1973 final show of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Photograph: Chris Walter/WireImage

Is there life on Mars? wailed Bowie, slightly prophetically. And is wasn't the last time a song predicted the future

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