Ellie Goulding and Beck have been added to the line up of this year’s Live in the Marquee

Concert promoter Peter Aiken has called for a relaxation of Ireland’s planning laws to allow a series of major concerts to take place each year at sta(...)

Ed Sheeran on stage during the Brit Awards. Promoter Peter Aiken has ruled out a third Croke Park gig featuring the singer this summer. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Concert promoter Peter Aiken has ruled out a third Ed Sheeran concert for Croke Park, despite the Yorkshire-born singer selling out two concerts at th(...)

Hooker Damien Varley made 121 appearances for Munster and won three caps for Ireland during his career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have confirmed the sad news that hooker Damien Varley has been forced to retire from rugby after failing to fully recover from a foot injury s(...)

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(...)