If I had been interested in the Rats before, my enthusiasm rocketed through the roof now. These leprous anti-establishment scumbags had actually attended my school! Blackrock College, this priest-run joint long famous for churning out obedient wage slaves had somehow produced The Boomtown Rats! How had this happened? There was hope for us all. Photograph: Terry Torph

In the summer of 1977 I was 13 years old and pretty miserable with my life. My parents’ marriage – unhappy for a long time – had finally disintegra(...)

Irish social entrepreneur Keren Jackson has been shortlisted to fly to space as part of the Kruger Cowne Rising Star programme. Photo: Ieva Japertaite/Ieva Japertaite Photography

Irish social entrepreneur Keren Jackson has been shortlisted to fly to space as part of the Kruger Cowne Rising Star programme. Ms Jackson, who is th(...)

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo, pictured at Glasnevin Cemetery, is to make a documentary about the Easter Rising for RTÉ. 4:05

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Ray D’Arcy is taking over the Saturday night slot

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United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award last night, at Ballykisteen Hotel in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has hailed the result of Ireland’s marriage equality referendum as “truly an historic moment” for huma(...)

Model worker: Arckit helps you plan your construction

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UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Mai Geldof, who has died aged 105, was the last surviving sibling of four born to Zenon, a Belgian chef and restaurateur, and Amelia Geldof, the young(...)

Róisín Ingle with Gay Byrne in The Irish Times studio

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  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Members of U2, as well as a host of other musicians and writers are contributing to a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique(...)