“People say to me, ‘Do you ever get nervous?’ and I say, ‘If an album bombs, I’ll make another one.’ I’ve made enough sh*t records – and great records – to know that you ride it out”

It’s towards the end of the interview that it happens. We’ve been discussing the rumours of a mooted collaboration between Noel Gallagher and Blur (...)

‘America NPR is unquestionably more intellectually evolved that CNN or Fox.’ Above, Bill O’Reilly on Fox News

The Irish media is never slow to talk itself up. Self-criticism comes less naturally. Although the media landscape is more diverse and stratified t(...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)

BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan: now an elected city councillor for Fine Gael.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An acquaintance burrowed into the GAA deeper than an All-Ireland winning tick assures me a prominent player will soon be revealed as a Dail election c(...)

On tap: John Carter from Drogheda, Co Louth, who was among the tens of thousands at the water protest in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revolution arrived at lunchtime, and if it didn’t quite manage to park the tanks on Leinster Lawn, it rolled them up within earshot of the corr(...)

Anti-water charge protesters on Dublin’s O’Connell Street last month.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 0:55

Several hundred gardaí were set to work through the night on Tuesday to create a secure environment for Wednesday’s planned water charges protest outs(...)

Robbie Keane  was named the league’s Most Valuable Player ahead of Sunday’s final with New England Revolution.   Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

To understand exactly why the Los Angeles Galaxy fans are so smitten by Robbie Keane we must turn the clock back to last year’s World Cup qualifier ag(...)

Comic Russell Brand in a still image from his latest YouTube video. Brand, who’s well known for his Newsnight appearances, has claimed in his regular ‘The Trews’ YouTube series that Irish people were being taxed twice for water - a necessity which he calls “a most basic right”.

Comedian, actor, author and now anti-water charges campaigner Russell Brand has today spoken out against the introduction of water charges in Ireland.(...)

Is it unfair to point up the modest levels of brightness on display here by observing that, when pondering the challenges of mortality, Interstella(...)