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

This highly successful, Bafta award-winning writer and actor is currently running two television shows, but when it comes to the (...)

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

Which Irish people will influence Ireland – and the world – in the coming years? These 22 twentysomethings are likely contenders

Michael Conlan loses: the Irish boxer’s devastation is felt by a nation. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Review: ‘Second Captains’, ‘Liveline’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘Drivetime’

Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin: 'What would make me happy is a society where the wellbeing of humanity is the headline act on the main stage, and everything else is just the support act'

Some well-known Irish people tell us what would put a smile on their faces, and we want to hear from you too

Following the signs: Electric Picnic after dark. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Una Mullally talks to some seasoned stalwarts of the festival scene about their most outrageous gig-in-a-field memories

‘Smart sports journalists barely veil their incredulity when an athlete does something incredible.’ Above, the statue of  Christ the Redeemer overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro.  Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

Una Mullally: The haze of cheating that has hung over this Olympics at times looks as if Christ the Redeemer is holding out his ha(...)

“The Olympics is also now taking place in the context of a very visual social media that obsesses over body image, fitness, gym attendance and healthy eating.”

Daily Beast article far more distasteful than a silly pitch about randy Olympians

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at  a campaign rally at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 9th. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Since Trump hinted at Hillary Clinton’s assassination he has crossed yet another line, and a big one, Even For Trump (EFT)

US presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photograph: Sarah Rice/Getty Images

Kick Mickey Mouse up the arse Bishop Brennan-style? Emerge in KKK regalia?

Maynooth is the Front Lounge to Rome’s Fire Island. The Vatican is the gay clergy capital of the world, with a conveyor belt of gay soap opera storylines emerging from the Holy See – and those are just the ones we hear about. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hierarchy needs to ask itself why a gay man would enter the priesthood, when the organisation preaches against homosexuality

Moby’s new memoir is less about showbiz and more about clawing hs way out of poverty in the late 1980s

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron leads Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker of the House of Commons  John Bercow and Labour MP Hilary Benn as they pay tribute near the scene where Jo Cox was killed in Birstall near Leeds. Photograph: Reuters

Absolution impossible for wildfire responsibility by whining ‘all I did was light a match’

Andrew Douglas  in the  farm he runs on the roof of Belvedere College, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Andrew Douglas's Urban Farm project demonstrates just how much can be achieved in small spaces in the city

Since we are now keeping our food waste in kitchens and bins for longer, a “yuck factor” has entered the equation.

Two start-ups are making the most out of the food homes and businesses throw away, writes Una Mullally

The capital’s Pride festival begins on Wednesday, culminating with the parade next weekend

We’re are loving the Dublin Pizza Company this week, but not so keen on invasive wearables

All hail jail Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks and Adrienne C Moore in  the new series of Orange is the New Black. Photograph: Netflix

As the hit series returns to Netflix, four of its stars discuss the show’s raw depictions of race, class, gender and sexuality, an(...)

Welive: one of a number of companies changing the image of communal living

Some US firms are trying to shed the aura of kibbutzes and hippies from sharing living

A-Schu looking glorious

We’re loving Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas but not so keen on Coachella copycats

A Second Captains podcast paid tribute to Muhammad Ali

Review: Irish radio this week shows the perils and the pearls to be found in social-media stories

You're going to be reading about them all summer - isn't it time you found out exactly what a "Reveller" is?

Young people are repeatedly ignored in Irish society, even though they are at the forefront of effecting positive social change, entrepreneurialism, creativity.

Already the word is out that even the projected fee of €4,000 won’t be enough

The tedious discussion over the next James Bond is something we can do without. File photograph: EON Productions/PA

A four-day week cannot come soon enough, but spare us the talk on the next James Bond

 The Rubberbandits. Blindboy:  ‘When I was 10, Jack Charlton took me fishing out the side of a helicopter, up in Carrick on Shannon. I’d won a competition off the back of a packet of Odlums bran that belonged to my uncle Caviar. I’d never heard of Jack Charlton, only had him described to me by other children.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Blindboy, Miriam O’Callaghan, Jacqui Hurley and more share their memories of ‘the beautiful game'

Its like asking them not to press the big red button while there’s a growing itch to think “go on, go on, go on, go on.”

Maurice Korncki from Poland with his 1973 T2 Volkswagen Camper enjoying the fine weather at the start of the vantastival Music Festival last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Una Mullally rounds up the best things to do this bank holiday weekend

‘The Dublin Tenants’ Association began an online campaign to highlight the difficulties renters face.’ Above, one of the images posted on Twitter.

Renters’ stories on Twitter make sobering reading but they need to speak with one voice

Ray D’Arcy: His programme has been the subject of numerous complaints

If you are a presenter or producer you know you are going to have to deal with complaints

If moving to WhatsApp makes us lose email contact, moving to email made us lose phone contact, and sending someone a birthday card became posting “hbd” on a Facebook wall, and all of the above ended letter-writing, does emoji use emotionally stunt us?

*insert deadpan emoji

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

Moby’s music memoir ‘Porcelain’ will details his life from 1989-1999, and look at New York City, “as it transitioned from being a broken, dirty city to the bizarre and stratospherically expensive city”. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images

Here's a great selection of music-related books for when you’re on the plane or train or sitting by the pool

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(...)

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