Sam Smith arrives in Stradbally laden with Grammys and platinum discs. But two years ago, as he explains from the stage, he walked out in front of (...)

With Adam Granduciel filling the middle of a vocal Venn diagram featuring Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and a penchant for grabbing beautifully o(...)

There are few rock guitarists in Ireland who play with as much fury and energy as Lizzie from Bitch Falcon, and for a short while the serenity of Body(...)

Opening her set with ‘Nightclubbing’, Grace Jones immediately owned Stradbally, tossing off her Grim Reaper robe to reveal head to toe Keith-Haring(...)

Brian Eno: ‘What I mean by surrender is an active choice not to take control. An active choice to be part of the flow of something.’ Photograph:  Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

That’s it then. Over for another year. The summer started out with a referendum hailing great social change, but as it has progressed there have been (...)

‘Mistress America’ director Noah Baumbach and actor Greta Gerwig, who plays entrepreneur Brooke in the film. Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

As a filmmaking duo, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig get the zeitgeist like no one else. Baumbach recently wrote While We’re Young, which skewered hips(...)

Social media is largely bookended by narcissism and outrage. Opinions fall like rockslides, pebbles pinging you with stupid, reactionary points of view. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

I’m not quite clear when it happened, but in future years I’m sure there will be studies written about the moment social media turned sour, the point(...)

This week is the perfect time to launch a new dating show, given that Vanity Fair has just written about the grim impact of Tinder on America’s dat(...)

Actor Amy Schumer arriving at Belvedere College in Dublin for a Q&A with Judd Apatow, who directed her in the film Trainwreck. Photograph: Dave Meehan 10:25

“Who’s on?” “Amy Schumer. ” “Never heard of her.” Schumer, the comedian, actor and writer, might not be a household name among Dublin taxi drivers, bu(...)

‘The gender pay gap is one of the most blatant and consistent indicators of inequality between men and women.’  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

When it comes to sexism, it’s hard to argue with data. The gender pay gap is one of the most blatant and consistent indicators of inequality between m(...)