Rock star David Bowie, who died in January, was one of the most searched-for subjects on Google in Ireland this year. Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

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Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses performs at the O2 Arena in London in 2010. the band are to play Slane Castle, Co Meath in 2017. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Would you pay good money to stand in a hilly field in Co Meath to watch Guns N’ Roses? In 1992, tens of thousands of Irish people were prepared to do(...)

Gilmore Girls: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in “A Year in the Life”, on Netflix

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School children enjoying themselves during the Musical Adventure by RTE National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall where children from eight to twelve were introduced to the workings of the orchestra. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

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Ellen DeGeneres with US President Barack Obama is presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

US President Barack Obama paid tribute to comedian Ellen DeGeneres as he awarded her the nation’s highest civilian honour saying she risked her caree(...)

Biker  Dan Barkalow with Bruce Springsteen after Mr Barkalow spotted the stranded singer on the side of the road near Allaire State Park in Wall Township, New Jersey. Photograph:  Ryan Bailey via AP

Coming across Bruce Springsteen on a broken-down motorcycle on the side of the road could probably be a lyric from one of his songs, but it really hap(...)

 Ted Nugent performs  prior to the arrival of  Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their final campaign event of the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty

When Donald Trump was asked about his position on the arts during his campaign, his answer revealed a lot. He replied by referencing the decorative pl(...)

Donald Trump and US vice-president-elect Mike Pence, whose grandfather was Irish. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Ah sure, he’s not the worst. And didn’t his people pay our people an enormous compliment by getting him to call Enda Kenny before he lifted the phone (...)

President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally in New York. Photograph: John Locher/AP

Republican Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, pulling off the biggest upset in modern American politics with a sho(...)

The Clinton family walks on stage and is greeted by Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/Getty Images

It was, in its choreography and its tone, a symbolic passing of the torch. Against the spectacular backdrop of an illuminated Independence Hall, where(...)