The Hapenny Bridge. Photograph: Rafael Elias/Getty Images

The day after last month’s general election, a Fine Gael Minister attributed his party’s poor showing to the “Dublin 4 brigade”. Too much attention w(...)

NEWS Epicurean Voyage The revered Aqua Expeditions group, which offers luxury cruises in exotic locations, has launched its newest adventure. Hoste(...)

Bruce Springsteen with the the E Street Band at Madison Square Garden in New York on January 27th, 2016. Photograph: Nicole Fara Silver/The New York Times

Both of Bruce Springsteen’s summer concerts in Croke Park have sold out in under two hours on Thursday. Fans frantically scrambled to buy tickets Th(...)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in the RDS, Dublin in 2012. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Bruce Springsteen is to play Croke Park in Dublin for the first time on Friday, May 27th, forcing the rescheduling of two GAA Leinster championship ga(...)

JUNE: Clerys department store on O’Connell Street closes its doors for the last time. Photograph: Frank Miller

January A new year dawns with news that a long-time voice of the Irish consumer, Eddie Hobbs, is the new voice of Lucinda Creighton’s Renua.&nbs(...)

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★   Margaret (Deirdre O’Kane), a stoic mother of three, certainly doesn’t have it easy. In fact her life is such (...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

US country singer Garth Brooks has confirmed he will not be coming to Ireland next week to see a play about the debacle surrounding the cancellation o(...)

At this year’s Wexford Festival Opera, weekend performances of Delius’s Koanga, Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff and Hérold’s Le Pré aux clercs (above) are already sold out

Remember last year’s Garth Brooks Croke Park fiasco? Some 240,000 tickets were sold in 90 minutes, and an extra 160,000 later added, for shows that(...)

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(...)

Last year, Marlay Park hosted five one-day concerts plus the three-day Longitude festival, which lead to a huge number of complaints to local public representatives and the local council from residents. Photograph: Frank Miller

The residents are revolting and you can probably understand why. If you owned a gaff within a roar of a big field or park used for outdoor shows ev(...)