A run of ‘Riverdance’ performances opens the ‘Live at the Marquee’ series. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The local economy in Cork city is set to receive a cash boost of in the region of €30 million as thousands attend the “Live at the Marquee” series of (...)

Reign of Spain: Plácido Domingo. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

He has sung more than 140 operatic roles and made a record with Carlos Santana. He has run two opera companies, worked as a conductor, created an inte(...)

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will fight Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand on May 2. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Apart from the result, two things will be remembered most about the first and possibly last fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao -confirm(...)

One Direction hold their three awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Band Duo or Group - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Pop/Rock at the 2014 American Music Awards in LA. Photograph: EPA/Paul Buck 2:25

The boy bands were clear winners in the top award categories at the 2014 American Music Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday. One Direction led the c(...)

Jah Shaka performing in Spiegeltent Antwerp in  2010. Photograph: Anviss/Flickr  Photograph: Anviss/Flickr

When Jah Shaka speaks it’s hard not to take him seriously. There’s the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like th(...)

The presidential suite at Dublin’s Marker Hotel

Presidential Suite, The Marker Hotel, Dublin At 129sq m it’s about the size of a typical family home, spread across two bedrooms, with an entra(...)

Songwriter Gerry Goffin poses at the BMI’s 60th annual Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills, California on  May 15th, 2012. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

Gerry Goffin, the prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote hits such as Will You Love Me T(...)

Dolly Parton is one of the artists due to play in  the 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which continue until July 22nd.  Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which got underway last night, continue to grow in strength, with ticket sales often outperformi(...)

Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, leads choir practice at Panti Bar on Dublin’s Capel Street. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Heading home from boarding school, the Christmas of 1984, I took the bus instead of my usual train. I remember I had the back row to myself, and th(...)

Legendary drummer Billy Cobham & Spectrum 40 in action at the Everyman for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Patrick Hogan/Provision

The co-founder of seminal disco band Chic, Nile Rodgers, has paid tribute to fans in Cork for being among the first in Europe to champion the group in(...)