Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny: “Hands up, with his fists quickly opening and snapping shut, he looked like he was being bothered by fruit flies.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

But enough about Enda Kenny the god. Time to celebrate Enda Kenny the man. The Taoiseach was never going to live up to his advance billing on S(...)

Bruce Springsteen with his wife Patti Scialfa. The Boss may perform two dates in Croke Park this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Lord Mayor Christy Bourke has said a structure is needed to protect the rights of the local community around Croke Park, regardless of which artist(...)

Photograph: Benjamin Jessop/Getty

This is my final Irish Times column. After 14 years I’m finishing up, to pursue other writing. Frankly, I tried to write a valedictory piece that w(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

Bono on stage in Croke Park at the opening of the band’s Vertigo tour concert series in 2005. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

By this time tomorrow, we’ll know who will be playing Croke Park next summer. The announcement due on Friday morning from promoters MCD about next yea(...)

Irish comedian Aisling Bea is among those posing with Stephen Fry, host of the BBC’s QI. In Ireland, repeats of the panel show are the most popular programme on the channel Dave. Photograph: Brian Ritchie

Are you watching Geordie Shore on MTV, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on Nick Jr or extended- length repeats of QI on Dave? Perhaps not. Back in the n(...)

It’s human nature to change your mind, but when that mind belongs to a musician, such changes can be viewed as whimsical, petulant, capricious or phar(...)

Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

Ginger Baker (left) - who formed Cream in the 1960s with Eric Clapton (right) and Jack Bruce and later played with Blind Faith - will perform at the Everyman Theatre at this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. This image is of a Royal Albert Hall show in 2005. File photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Rock drummer Ginger Baker is among the acts confirmed for this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, running in the city over the October bank holiday.B(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Health Minister Leo Varadkar converse over a cup of tea on the final day of the Fine Gael think-in at Fota Island Resort in Co Cork. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

In an unusual twist to a tired format, Fine Gael cooked up a think-in this year that actually delivered food for thought. This was more by accident th(...)