A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual ParadeNew Theatre***Brian Fleming’s take on the St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens, NYC, is a personal story wher(...)

“When we examine the biggest stations in the land nationally, there are no female equivalents to George Hook (above), Ray D’Arcy, Ryan Tubridy and Sean Moncrieff.”

Last week the shortlist for the annual Irish radio awards, the PPIs, was published. Of the six main categories in the PPI Radio Awards, the People Awa(...)

From left, Conor McManus in Monaghan’s modern collars; Michael Jones in a 1993 All Blacks shirt; Conor Counihan in Cork’s 1990 jersey

They’re one of the most common fashion items around, but, while most clothing designers who sell products in their hundreds of thousands become fam(...)

  Feel the heat: Jungle. Photograph:  Matt Crossick/PA

There’s always one awesome moment from a new band at the Picnic, and this gig was 2014’s. Jungle’s smooth and buoyant blend of disco and funk with a g(...)

‘People aren’t so much touched by emigration as manhandled by it.’ Above, Irish emigrants leaving for Liverpool during the Famine, in 1851. Original publication: Illustrated London News (Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Any time someone has the audacity to suggest that modern-day emigrants aren’t actually waving handkerchiefs from the ship deck, as they head off to(...)

 Hannah Reid   and Dominic “Dot” Major of London Grammar. Photograph: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

London Grammar, youngsters with old souls, proclaim that this is the loudest response they’ve ever had at a festival show. The crowd expands beyond(...)

Sinéad O’Connor: beautiful vocal performance. Photograph:  Dave Meehan

Sinéad O’Connor opened with John Grant’s Queen of Denmark, but she was the Queen of Stradbally for an afternoon with a beautiful vocal performance and(...)

Hozier: sublime. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images) 0:52

A few people think Hozier is on the edge of something great. But most know that has already happened. Hozier’s live development is a treat to watch(...)

Oisín McKenna: looking for directions to the rave in the woods

Sum up the Electric Picnic in three words. Emotional, intense, crusty. Best festival experience/memory as a punter? Patti Smith finished of(...)

Pet Shop Boys on the Main Stage, Friday,   at Electric Picnic 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pet Shop Boys are a perfect choice for a Friday-night headliner, and after a 25-minute delay building anticipation, the appear to massive cheers. The (...)