Orna Mulcahy: talks too much to avoid swimming too much. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Singer Grimes aka Claire Boucher performing in Germany last month. Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

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The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

Returning champions: James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

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Interskalatic members Tim Higgins, Shane Clear, Kevin Foran, Alison Reynolds and Mason McMinnville at the Electric Picnic launch in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

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Musician James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs at   Coachella in 2010. He’s coming back to Stradbally and this time he’s bringing the band with him. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, The Chemical Brothers and New Order are among the first acts announced for this year’s Electric Picnic festival. They(...)

Preparations continue in the red carpet arrivals area for the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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Irish Times swimmer Laurence Mackin is (slowly) getting closer to the one-mile goal.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Laurence (waiting for magic) Mackin It’s been a month of lessons and practise, and one of my core issues is still breathing (it’s the water you see(...)