A reading from the Stylebook of Leviticus: Use ye not the word “fulsome” when ye mean “full”, for that is unclean. Avoid also the word “epice(...)

In Colorado, tax revenue from marijuana is ring-fenced for the upgrade of schools run down as a result of spending cuts.  Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Watching Bob Dylan at Slane, I found clinching evidence of the factual basis of the first line in Lenny Bruce’s autobiography, How To Talk Dirty And I(...)

Rod Stewart performing at the RDS during a show on June 19th, 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Rod Stewart will play Nowlan Park in Kilkenny next summer. The first major outdoor concert announcement for next summer was made on Friday morning. (...)

Thank you everyone in the last week who has taken the time to support and talk about the women in this country who for so long have been denied the right to choose and to be part of that conversation

If you will excuse me, this week I am going to write one of those list-based articles. Listicles, some people call them. There is this notion that (...)

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland,  gives her reaction to yesterday’s DUP walkout. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

There was great confusion but not much relief, as Bob Dylan more or less said, at Stormont yesterday. But behind the chaos, one of two things w(...)

Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

The Thrill of it All tells the story of a band called The Ships in the Night, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries.

This month The Irish Times Book Club is reading Joseph O’Connor’s latest novel, The Thrill of it All. Here is an extract from the first chapter, wh(...)

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in Slow West

Still young and nimble, John Maclean has already had two successful careers. Oddly, neither was in the field that first held his attention. The(...)

Daddy issues: How did this guy become a poster-boy for Father’s Day?

Are men stupid? They are when they become dads, if the amount of fatherly tat in stores in a town near you is anything to go by. Receiving a pa(...)