Damien Murtagh: “While we have adapted to digital technologies, we still like to feel, see and touch physical objects. What was needed was something which would be as fast to physically build as it would be to digitally draw the equivalent on screen.”

In the first of our profiles of the finalists in this year’s Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards we look at the three of the cutting edge (...)

  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Members of U2, as well as a host of other musicians and writers are contributing to a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique(...)

The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village. The restaurant  has a strict no-bookings policy and has many celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, U2 and Matt Damon

Some rock bands want to drink their dinner; others want to order breakfast at midnight; all want a place where they can hang out until late in mellow (...)

Last time round: U2 when ‘No Line on the Horizon’ was released, in 2009
U2: Stuck in a moment

Poor Bono. There he is in his home in southern France last month, playing U2’s unreleased new album at full volume on his stereo while, quite possi(...)

U2 singer Bono speaking at the Convention Centre in Dublin in March. The band fell five places in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, as the wealth of their former manager is now listed separately. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rich are getting richer, according to the latest study of Ireland’s wealthiest people by the Sunday Times. The fortunes of Ireland’s 250 we(...)

 A detail from the tapestry tribute to Seamus Heaney by Czech artist Peter Sís

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Phantom, which launched in 2006, is implementing redundancies among its 16 full-time staff to make the station viable. JNLR listener statistics for 2013 show its share of all adults was just 0.8 per cent. Latest abridged accounts for Dublin Rock Radio Ltd show it had accumulated losses of €4.2 million at the end of 2012.

Dublin alternative rock station Phantom 105.2 is to be rebranded next month as TXFM in a bid to turn around the station’s flagging fortu(...)

Phantom’s JNLR listener statistics for 2013 show its share of all adults was just 0.8 per cent. Among 15-34 year olds, it had a “listened yesterday” share of 3 per cent.

Dublin alternative rock station Phantom 105.2, whose backers include businessmen Denis Desmond and Denis O’Brien, plans to red(...)

The Edge and Paul McGuinness. He announced last month that he was leaving the band. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

U2 have broken their silence on the departure of manager Paul McGuinness and thanked him for “his extraordinary leadership, guidance and friendship ov(...)

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(...)