‘Over the last 15 years, I have gained a black belt in the art of Pretending I’ve Seen The West Wing.’ Martin Sheen as President Bartlett. Photograph: Warner Bros/Getty Images

The West Wing was dreadful. Among cultural entities that sensible people recommend that TV show might just be the most irredeemable. Yes, I really am (...)

Max Joseph’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ stars Zac Efron as a young DJ perfecting his art in the contemporary San Fernando Valley

Here’s a funny thing. It is more than 30 years since the first incarnations of house music emerged in and around Chicago. We are now as distant(...)

There was a time in Ireland when ice-cream was a simple affair. People could chose from a vanilla cone – with a flake and sprinkles if their ship h(...)

Derek Quinlan, for chairman of Quinlan Private outside Claridges in London in 2006. Photographer Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, was appearing before the banking inquiry on Thursday. Mr Quinlan,(...)

Cafes on South William Street: Dublin made it to fourth place in the Matador network’s list of the world’s best cities for coffee lovers and is hosting the world barista championships next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council has set up a working group to examine the various issues relating to cafes and restaurants replacing city centre shops, in the wak(...)

A file photograph of  gay activist displaying signs along the St Patrick’s Day parade route in New York in protest at being excluded from the annual event. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.

New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade has overhauled its management structures to oust the organising committee’s long-standing chairman John Dunlea(...)

Charles Wooton  and Keith Newport, both from Atlanta, Georgia, show their wedding rings outside the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village, New York. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The US Supreme Court has legalised same-sex marriage nationwide, finding that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under (...)

US  officers place pieces of confiscated Ivory on to a belt to be crushed in New York’s Times Square. Photograph:  Brendan McDermid/Reuters

More than a tonne of ivory confiscated from New York and Philadelphia was crushed in Times Square yesterday to show intolerance for elephant poaching (...)

Warren Buffett: expensive lunch guest. Photograph:   Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

A Chinese company that develops online games bid more than €2 million for what must be the most expensive Buffet lunch in history. Zhu Ye, head of Be(...)

 Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, polling well ahead of three other candidates: Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor, Irish-American Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee, the former governor of Rhode Island. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Irish supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are hosting an event in Dublin on Saturday to coincide with a set-piece speec(...)