Carla Mooney gets first go in the  the Red Bull Soundome at Electric Picnic ahead of the festival’s opening on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

SALTY DOG Friday 02.50-03.00 Salty Dog No-Stars: ‘Exile on Main Street’ 01.35-02.30 Otherkin 24.25-01.15 Booka Brass Band 23.15-24.05 DD Allen 2(...)

The Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival in  Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s fair to call Castlepalooza the biggest gaff party of the summer, except it’s in a castle, Charleville Castle to be precise. With approximately 5,(...)

Cartoonist Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow. Photograph: J.P. Trostle

Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, is tired of drawing Donald Trump. Perkins has drawn him as an angry baby, as a deranged superhero/villain, as the sensi(...)

Sarah Bolger,  Colm Meaney and Nikesh Patel in Halal Daddy

Is everyday decency and human warmth enough to be getting on with? Just about. Conor McDermottroe’s fitful comedy concerning attempts to set up a Hala(...)

Nikesh Patel and Colm Meaney in  ‘Halal Daddy’

The rescue of a Sligo meat plant three decades ago by a Muslim businessman has been captured in a new film, Halal Daddy, directed by Conor McDermottro(...)

 Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump in a recent airing of  Saturday Night Live. Photograph:  Will Heath/NBC/NBCU

Kite Entertainment, which makes TV3’s Gogglebox, have optioned the Irish rights to the US television format Saturday Night Live from NBC Universal. (...)

Ryan Tubridy takes a swipe at eggheads with ideas of fancy learning. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

In many ways, Ryan Tubridy is well on his way to making the transition from young fogey to old codger. He regularly complains about the supposed absur(...)

Voice of Gogglebox, Deirdre O Kane, with Rory Cowan of TV3. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/

TV3 has commissioned a second series of Gogglebox, the popular reality show that features people watching television and it wants members of the clerg(...)

Gogglebox executive producer Tania Alexander knows who makes the perfect couchbound cast member of the show, even if they don’t know themselves. “Peo(...)

“I love the way people can  curate their own festival out of a programme with thousands of options. Essentially, it’s a month-long explosion of arts” Irishwoman Shone McCarthy, the new director of the Edinburgh Fringe

Hailstones are bouncing off the cobblestones, but the buskers across the Royal Mile from the Fringe Society’s bright blue door just keep on playing. (...)