Maeve Higgins

‘I have this feeling that I missed the day in school where they explained how to live your life.” Maeve Higgins is on the phone talking about her n(...)

David Bowie, 1973 final show of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Photograph: Chris Walter/WireImage

David Bowie had his question- in-a-song-title Life On Mars? almost answered this week, but what other songs have predicted the future with terrifyi(...)

“The hottest start up at the web summit was the web summit itself”

So long to the Web Summit, which is leaving Dublin for Lisbon in 2016. The face of the Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave, is everything Irish people pretend (...)

‘It’s become difficult to talk frankly about emigration without offending.’ Photograph: Getty Images

How do you feel when you walk into a room and there’s no one like you in it? Maybe you’re a black person in a room full of white people, or a woman in(...)

‘We should not be afraid of our thoughts on abortion, nor our reservations.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Social change begins with visibility. It begins with people standing up saying: “I’m here, and this is my story.” You cannot deny people their lived e(...)

Douze Smock Alley Black Box 3 stars Xnthony is a pop star. Except, he isn’t. Douze is a hustings for an impending campaign to represent Ireland in th(...)

Justin Vivian Bond: doesn’t let conventional boundaries restrict her, in her art or in her life

The gender-neutral honorific “Mx” has been added to in another indication of the amplified visibility of the transgender, (...)

Martin Sharry: a study in intentional awkwardnes

Marky Mac Sherry Tells It Like It Is New Theatre ***    Martin Sharry’s anti-stand-up is a study in intentional awkwardn(...)

There’s gold in them there vocal chords. Lapsley has a paired down accompaniment for soulful, minimal tunes. You get the impression she won’t be playi(...)

‘With its rotting fairytale castle, a duckpond featuring miniature boats full of refugees, a princess in a chariot crash being bombarded by paparazzi (above), and frowning staff, Dismaland is the latest in Banksy’s wry anti-establishment commentary battering his five favourite Cs: capitalism, conflict, conservatism, consumerism and celebrity.’ Photograph: REUTERS/Toby Melville 2:03

Over in Weston-Super-Mare, the artist Banksy has created a large installation in the form of a “bemusement park”. With its rotting fairytale castle, a(...)