At the Witnness Festival in Fairyhouse racecourse, Co Meath in 2000, ‘festival virgins spent their time sampling every delight possible’

Our Summers Past series mines the Irish Times archive to find interesting articles from previous summers. In 2000, the oddly spelled Witnness music(...)

Danny O’Donoghue from The Script busking on Grafton Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

In what has almost become a Christmas Eve tradition, singer Glen Hansard led a rabble of musicians in song to a crowd of hundreds on Dublin’s Grafton (...)

Paddy Casey: Songbook

Success came relatively quickly for Paddy Casey in the late Nineties – but a decade later, so did the ubiquitous “label trouble”. Nonetheless, with(...)

Connacht athletes take part in the parade through Limerick city this evening. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho 0:47

Forget São Paulo, for unforgottable sporting opening ceremonies, Limerick was the place to be tonight as the city opened its arms to welcome Special O(...)

Uncertain about U2 before he met them in 1978, Paul McGuinness recognised their potential as soon as he saw them perform, and agreed immediately to manage them. Photograph: Dave Meehan

“A gang of four but a corporation of five” is how U2 singer Bono always described the band’s relationship with manager Paul McGuinness.. But with McGu(...)

Christy Moore will be taking part in the event protesting against the Government’s plans to sell the harvesting rights of public forests.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A walk in the woods is to take place in Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow on Sunday to protest against the Government’s plans to sell (...)