Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 4th. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Sinéad O’Connor has cancelled all concert commitments this summer due to exhaustion. In a statement on Tuesday night, her management said she had bee(...)

What becomes of the Damned? It could be a dark existential question, but students of the 1970s will think first of the scruffy pioneers who in 1976 pr(...)

Installation at ‘Relativity’, an exhibition by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini at the Festival Gallery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Windguru and other internet weather maps will be scrutinised in Galway this week as a 30m-long “Skywhale” prepares to take flight over the city. The m(...)

Grab a coffee from the Jungle Beach Break Cafe on Salthill Prom, above, and go in search of Patricia Piccinini’s majestic Skywhale hot air balloon

Time to make like The Pet Shop Boys and go west, as the Galway International Arts Festival returns from July 13th for a fortnight of top-notch musi(...)

David McSavage:‘A desperation to prove myself to others, sponsored by an extreme feeling of unworthiness, is the thing that drives me to produce good things.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

My Obituary is a column in which people are given the chance to write their own obituaries while they are still alive. Some may be famous, others n(...)

Miley Cyrus: ‘I had kind of bad skin when I was younger and that was always my insecurity. I would get overwhelmed and try everything. If it had ‘acne’ on it, I’d be like, “Yup, I’m going to put that on my face”.’ Photograph: Michael Bruckner/Wire Image courtesy of Mac. Miley Cyrus is wearing Ashish

A few things are troubling me when I turn up at the LA studio where I am scheduled to interview Miley Cyrus about her collaboration with make-up br(...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The two Michaels have been working very hard on our behalf in China this week. With a combined age of 144, the President and the Minister for F(...)

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(...)

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

That Enda Kenny is a marvellous chap altogether. Oh, no he isn’t. Somebody should make him Taoiseach. Oh, yes he is. (Already the Taoiseach). Well his(...)