“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” said the pope last week. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis wants you to have babies. If you don’t, you’re selfish. “A society with a greedy generation that doesn’t want to surround itself with chi(...)

Behind the scenes: Kate Hudson prepares to go onstage at the Dolby Theatre in 2014. by Christopher Polk/Getty
Backstage at the Oscars

On February 22nd the Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood. Everyone knows it’s the biggest night in the cinema calendar, but m(...)

Casting a spell: Channing Tatum in Magic Mike

Hello lovers. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so screw Fifty Shades of Grey, so to speak, and let’s take a look instead at the genuinely sexiest films(...)

‘You can find dozens of articles and news pieces online examining the “phenomenon” of vocal fry, but my personal favourite is the ABC News headline, “The debilitating speaking disorder afflicting North American women”.’

You can find dozens of articles and news pieces online examining the “phenomenon” of vocal fry, but my personal favourite is the ABC News headline, “T(...)

Bob Dylan’s latest album, Shadows In The Night, is a 10-song covers album with Dylan wading through tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra. It is Dylan(...)

‘I’ve been attacked in the capital a few times, mostly gay-bashing incidents’

A couple of weeks ago, the day after I happened to have a conversation with someone about a growing edginess in Dublin city centre, I was about to wal(...)

 ‘What’s slightly tricky to understand about Coláiste Eoin and Coláiste Íosagáin, secondary schools on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin, is that they are both linked and separate.’ Above, pupils arriving at Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

In 2000/2001, I was the captaen scoile at Coláiste Íosagáin, the head girl, a role bestowed onto a student who was nerdy enough for the teachers and p(...)

The Gender Recognition Bill will allow transgender people to have their status recognised by the State for all purposes – including the right to marry or enter a civil partnership and the right to a new birth certificate.

Last week, the Seanad debated the Gender Recognition Bill. Ireland is the only country in the EU that has no provision for legal gender recognition, s(...)

Most LGBT people won’t have to come out on radio like Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, but there is still pressure involved in the process.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Most gay people won’t have to come out on national radio as Minister for Health Leo Varadkar did on Sunday. The Minister’s coming out was different, b(...)

Theatre Machine: ‘It’s brilliant for young companies to test their work in an environment that’s not necessarily final or complete. It’s so important to have someone in to see your stuff before going into a final production’

This week, Theatre Machine, or to give it it’s full title, The Theatre Machine Turns You On Volume Four, will be cranking into life. Sixteen theatr(...)