Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Christmas day: Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

The sunrise spreads across the slumbering Sydney Harbour, peeling the plum cloth of darkness from the bridge and chasing the shadows out towards Manly(...)

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revolution arrived at lunchtime, and if it didn’t quite manage to park the tanks on Leinster Lawn, it rolled them up within earshot of the corr(...)

A crowd cheers Nelson Mandela in 2000 as he prepares to be conferred with an honorary degree at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Nelson Mandela Exhibition, at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, should be put on show in Ireland, said Christopher Till, director of the museu(...)

Where will you be spending Christmas this year and with whom? At home with Amelda, Connor and Lucia and the family. What will be on the menu (...)

Charlie’s Country, the final part in Rolf de Geer’s exploration of indigenous culture in Australia will open the Cork Film Festival on November 7th. Screengrab: YouTube

An Australian film which has already earned its lead actor the best actor prize at Cannes and is Australia’s entry for best foreign film at next year’(...)

In a word

It’s that time of year . . . when in me thou see’st the glowing of such fire, / That on the ashes of his youth doth lie. Well, not yet. But it might a(...)

Turnover at Golden Discs has declined but group has ‘modest’ operating profit, according to managing director  Stephen Fitzgerald. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Jack Fitzgerald, the 83-year- old who originally founded the Golden Discs group in the 1960s before selling up eight years ago, has stepped back in t(...)

Chloe Howl: tunes and chutzpah

Another weekend, another festival for music fans to flock to in search of sonic thrills. Indiependence has been pulling the crowds to Mitchelstown,(...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

Writer Edna O’ Brien (above), musician Christy Moore, and former rugby International Tony Ward are some of the well-known personalities who reveal (...)