Facebook’s “Like” logo: Social media providers are in the unique position of being able to turn passive empathy into the more active variety.   Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US comedian Anthony Jeselnik doesn’t care much for the expression “too soon”. The “Dark Prince of Comedy” has made his name in part by posting jokes a(...)

Building work on a skyscraper in Warsaw and, above, the Daniel Libeskind-designed Zlota 44 tower in the city which is made of materials from Ireland’s CRH group.

Josef Stalin would be furious if he could see Warsaw now. Where once the postwar cityscape was dominated by the Palace of Culture, an unwanted and uns(...)

Apps like My fitness pal are helping people get in shape.

There is an app out there for most things, and that includes getting fit. But do they work? According to a recent statement in the scientific journal (...)

Capital Radio DJ Colm Hayes before the station went on air in July 1989. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The first song played on independent radio in Ireland was Phil Lynott’s Old Town. I know, I was there, on the roof of St Stephen’s Green shopping c(...)

 “Irish people have an upward bias in their responses [and] so always profess higher satisfaction and well-being than other nations. Whether this reflects the reality is another issue,” says  Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI.  Photograph: Davd Sleator

It has been one of the paradoxes of the economic collapse that Irish people continue to report high levels of life satisfaction at odds with the narra(...)

The Cranberries in their heyday. Their  sixth album, Roses, was released last year, and if its sales are anything to go by the band will continue to profit

Song sales may have gone online, and traditional music stores may have gone out of business in the 23 years since the Cranberries formed, but t(...)