Maria Walsh, Rose of Tralee 2014: “The lads who sign up for this year’s festival will have the time of their lives. While there are responsibilities that come with the role, they will have great craic.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Maria Walsh, the Rose of Tralee, has put out a call to young men of Ireland interested in being a Rose escort for the festival from August 14th-18t(...)

 Joseph Holden of Ballyhale Shamrocks is shadowed by Gort’s Gerard Quinn in Tullamore. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan / Inpho

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-17 Gort 1-15Ballyhale Shamrocks have lined up yet another St Patrick’s Day parade after booking their place in the All-Ireland (...)

Kendrick Lamar: has been working away on new music for ages – and is also looking at tour dates for early 2015. But where’s his new album?

It could happen at any time. One moment, you’re sitting there, procrastinating like a pro. The next, your inbox, social-media feeds and news source(...)

Diarmuid Connolly scores a goal for St Vincent’s against Ballyboden St Enda’s during their Dublin senior football club semi-final at Parnell Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

St Vincent’s and St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh advanced to the Dublin Senior Football Championship final after respective semi-final wins over Bal(...)

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy (r) has been installed as the favourite to win the Rose of Tralee after her performance in the Dome last night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy has been installed as the favourite to win the Rose of Tralee after her performance in the Dome last night. (...)

Between now and September, a weekend will not pass without a festival or big music show of some stripe or other to tempt you with its wares. The bi(...)

Gavin Burke of the Dubs Stars and Declan O’Mahony of Dublin at Round Towers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A brace of goals from Paul Mannion inside the opening four minutes propelled Dublin to a facile 25-point win over the Dubs Stars in their challenge ma(...)

Andor, the Belfast-based specialist digital camera maker, has received an increased share offer from Oxford Instruments. Oxford announced a revised of(...)

 A worker at the Andor Technology factory in Belfast.  Andor employs over 300 people in 16 bases worldwide. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Belfast-based Andor Technology has declined an offer from British-based Oxford Instruments saying it is disappointed with the bid price but adding the(...)

Andor Technology’s latest acquisition will broaden its mid-range camera offering  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Belfast based Andor Technology has acquired US camera manufacturer Apogee Imaging Systems for $3.75 million in cash (€2.7 million). Andor, which devel(...)