‘Game of Thrones’: “I stopped watching after the first series. I can’t remember why but can only assume it was because I got duped into watching the latest ‘amazing’ Scandinavian drama.”

If you occupy yourself with anything other than television you are out of the loop

So loud, so bold: James Earley with his Joycean makeover of  Blooms Hotel in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish street art is growing in scale, quality and ambition – and now it even has ministerial approval as it transforms our towns a(...)

 Bob Geldof pictured in 2006 with his daughters Pixie (left) and Peaches. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bob Geldof says his family is beyond pain at his daughter’s death

Photograph: Getty Images

Opinion: Drug dealing and drug taking on the street has become a frightening public health issue

The people responded to the President’s speech with ‘Trailblaze, Banter, Leviathan, Mindfield, Noble Calls, summer schools, theatre festivals, writers and ideas festivals, spoken word events, and a never-ending stream of books on builders, bankers, boom, bust and bluster’.  Above,  Mindfield at Electric Picnic Festival, Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Opinion: Constitutional Convention puts social change on the agenda

‘Out of Fianna Fáil’s 14 Senators, “up to one-third” are women. Well, two: Averil Power (above) and Mary White.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Opinion: Women on a ballot paper are nearly always exceptional – for even getting there

Jordan photographed standing in front of a mural of himself by Joe Caslin on the gable wall of a house in Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Local youngsters are being recruited to help out on ‘Our Nation’s Sons’ project, which aims to display murals in six cities across(...)

President Michael D Higgins hosted a reception for Seán Ó Cuirreáin to mark his contribution as an coimisinéir teanga. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Opinion: Gaeilge belongs as much to the Irish-Nigerian kid as to the Bean an Tí in Gaoth Dobhair

 Author Emma Donoghue in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

As work gets underway on the movie of her bestselling novel ‘Room’, Ontario-based Dubliner Emma Donoghue talks about life as a wri(...)

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