Does Ed Sheeran resent the term ‘ginger’? Given that his new record label is called Gingerbread Records, we can probably conclude that he doesn’t. Ian West/PA Wire

One of the most famous red heads on the planet rolls into town this weekend for two sell out shows in Croke Park. But it’s not just the fans that are (...)

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “We’re looking to absolutely outplay them at home. That’s our ambition.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

More than a decade after his Bohemians side bounced back from a first leg defeat by BATE to go comfortably through, Stephen Kenny is setting the ba(...)

Jim Aiken: “You keep hearing that you have to have big productions, and someone like Ed Sheeran comes along and sells 160,000 tickets – and it’s just him and a guitar”. Photograph: Jesse Dittmar/ The New York Times

The family business was always going to be Peter Aiken’s calling. He tried accountancy, but the trade kept beckoning him back. The business of putting(...)

“Thirty years (to the day) since Live Aid and its model of celebrities backing global campaigns, the approach seems alive and well.”... Photograph:  Terry Thorp

Celebrities seem super-busy backing big causes this summer: One Direction is backing Action/2015, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran are lining up for the Gl(...)

Ed Sheeran, Tesla cars and GPS satellites featured in today’s higher level physics exam, a modern paper with applications to everyday life. The(...)

Caroline Freyne and Gavin Little on their wedding day

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

Vincent, inspired by the art of Van Gogh, is a special song for lots of people. One of them is my mother

Vincent by Don McLean. It’s one of the most moving, beautiful, insightful, could-listen-to-it-forever songs ever written, in my opinion. The song w(...)

Don McLean in Dublin recently. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Don McLean (69) grew up in New Rochelle, New York state, and began performing on the folk circuit as a teenager in the 1960s. He gained considerabl(...)

You wouldn’t be blamed for buying into the hype around James Bay. The young Englishman has been touted as the Next Big Thing by the UK’s music(...)

Rebecca Meehan in Paris

Although some of my friends and family thought I was mad going travelling alone, I questioned my sanity only once. I’d been away for two months and(...)