A centrepiece of the performance is the band calling on the British governement to make public the files on the Dublin/Monaghan bombings of 1974. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco

Bono has confirmed that U2 will be playing “Innocence and Experience” shows in Ireland at the end of November. “We are coming home... it was really ha(...)

U2 open their European tour at Turin Pala Alpitour on Friday. Photograph: Danny North

Its definitely maybe for U2 shows in Dublin before the end of the year. Although just before taking to the stage in Turin on Friday night the band and(...)

Come scream with me: Harry Styles of One Direction. Photograph: Mat Hayward/Getty

Ever hear of a couple having a “trial separation” and then getting back together to live happily ever after? The news this week that One Direction (...)

The man is front of me is ordering “Indian street food” – which is fine, but we’re in Clonskeagh, for God’s sake – and the woman behind me wants to(...)

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles match against Alejandro Falla of Colombia on day one of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Roger Federer uses a modified eastern grip for his forehand. Or as writer William Skidelsky puts it: “He locates his hand position on the border betwe(...)

 Brian Boyd in hospital after his heart attack.

Have you been taking cocaine?” I am on an operating table in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. It is 6am on April 14th, and a few hours ago I had (...)

U2 frontman Bono flings water at the crowd during the band’s first concert of their new world tour in Vancouver. Photograph: Jonathan Hayward/AP

Two things bring U2 out in a cold sweat: a new album and a new tour. The band’s detractors came out in force last September, when U2 gave away their c(...)

“Something about typing leads to mindless processing. And something about ink and paper prompts students to go beyond recording new information, to process and reframe it.”

The “chalk and talk” approach to education in Irish schools and colleges has long since disappeared. In any arena of learning you are greeted now by b(...)

Terse: Taylor Swift criticised the Princeton Review, a firm that helps US students prepare for exams, for misquoting one of her lyrics in a test paper. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Wireimage/Getty

A man walks into a bar and orders two cappuccini. The barman stares blankly at him. Someone who is already in the bar (that would be me) feels boun(...)

Connected: ‘I’ve been living in Moscow most of my adult life. I work in the shopping centre retail business and co-own the Nobu restaurant here. When I’m not in a suit I’m performing live or recording’
Not Eminem. Just Emin

Who are you? My full name is Emin Agalarov. I’m 36, Muslim and Azerbaijani by birth, but I’ve been living in Moscow most of my adult life. I work in (...)