Hallelujah: the singing Co Meath priest Fr Ray Kelly, in the video that went viral

The list of most-read stories of 2014 on irishtimes.com tells us a little about what our readers like to consume, but it tells us more about media,(...)

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Irish Roots

Many spots in the lower circles of Hell are reserved for gargantuan American software companies. But an especially warm place is waiting for LinkedIn.(...)

When more than half a million people, rather than the expected 150,000, arrived on the Isle of Wight in 1970 and turned the annual rock festival into (...)

Where to next? Nick and Kylie go for a drive in 20,000 Days on Earth

Let us get a few provisos out of the way. Nobody who is not already some sort of enthusiast for Nick Cave – singer of Old Testament tales and chron(...)

Leonard Cohen turns 80 on September 21st. But if his body is gradually bending to time’s will, his mind is ticking along just fine. This first (...)

Jeff Buckley on stage at Wetlands, New York, in 1994, the year ‘Grace’ was released. Photograph: Steve Eichner/Getty Images

Some albums are born great and some have greatness thrust upon them with time. And some, like Jeff Buckley’s Grace, are a bit of both. Released(...)

‘In a way “Hallelujah” should not have such massive popular appeal. After all, the music and the lyrics go against the contemporary grain.’ Above, Leonard Cohen. Photograph:  Graham Denholm/WireImage

Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah hit the headlines again recently when Fr Ray Kelly’s custom-made cover version for a wedding in Meath went viral. In a(...)

From left, Leonard Cohen working on the Greek island of Hydra; performing in Melbourne last year; and at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970. Photographs: from the book ‘So Long Marianne: A Love Story’; Graham Denholm/Wireimage; Tony Russell/Redferns

Leonard Cohen turns 80 in September: he is truly the grandaddy of pop stars. At a time when most rock stars would have long retired to their trout (...)

Walking On Cars

It’s the night after the Brit Awards, that annual hooley for the British music industry. You’d expect all of those record company big kahoonas who’d p(...)

The serrated costline of Istria, Croatia

Before the plane even landed in Pula, I felt I’d already had a glorious ad-hoc mini tour of Istria, the northern Croatian peninsula. We flew in ove(...)