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The Original Dixieland Jazz Band: despite their worldwide acclaim from 1917 until 1925 they have largely been ignored or derided in jazz history

This year marks the centenary of the issuing of the first ever jazz record. This was Victor Catalogue Number 18255 released by the Victor Talking Mach(...)

Waterstones, which owns Hodges Figgis in Dublin as well as  the Cork branch of Waterstones, recorded a pretax profit of €1.9m. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Booksellers Waterstones more than doubled its profits in Ireland in the year to the end of April 2016, accounts just filed at the Companies Office sho(...)

Clerys was the victim of a property play but the department store concept operated by Clerys had become old hat

US retail giant Macy’s announced this week that it was closing its shop in Dublin as part of a rationalisation of its store network. That was Dublin, (...)

Shoppers  in Dublin City centre on St Stephen’s Day. A weaker sterling has once again made Northern Ireland a cheaper shopping destination. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Readers who are queasy about cliches should look away now. Football is a game of two halves. And so, it appears, was the year 2016 for Irish retailers(...)

Dozens of acts such as Metallica, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys, The Weeknd have new releases in time for Santa

Over the next 59 days or so, more money will be spent on recorded music than at any other time of the year. Yes, even more than Record Store Day and (...)

Old people, pay attention to the kids. You might learn something

Some day when I’ve nothing else to do, I must get around to listing the many different yokes which have claimed to be the-future-of-the-music- busines(...)

In the mood for love at the Cliffs of Moher – Tourism Ireland reported on Wednesday that overseas visitor numbers were up 13 per cent in the first six months of 2016

A recent family trip to west Cork was a salient reminder of why Ireland is such an attractive destination for tourists. Every inch of the place is a s(...)

Fónua supplies mobile phones to leading Irish network operators, and to Dixons Carphone, Tesco, HMV and Harvey Norman. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Fónua, the country’s biggest mobile phone distributor, with over 60 per cent market share, saw profits decline last year despite a rise in revenues. (...)

The liquidator appointed by the High Court on Wednesday is clearing out Xtra-vision’s 83 stores and preparing to hand back the keys to landlords. photograph: dara mac dónaill

Xtra-vision, the movie rental chain that collapsed into insolvency this week with the loss of 580 jobs, has plenty of experience of going bust, having(...)

A closed Xtra-vision store in Artaine Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Weak trading in the run-up to Christmas, when sales collapsed by a quarter compared to December 2014, spurred the decision yesterday by Hilco Capital (...)

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