Presenter Laura Whitmore at the IFTA Awards in 2014. Whitmore had to contend with a number of technical glitches during the ceremony, including viewers being unable to hear her. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

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A striking number of venerable Irish surnames originated as Gaelic Irish designations of outsiders. The best known of these is “Walsh”, with its varia(...)

Live wire: Bob Marley onstage in London in 1980

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Surfer safari: Brian Wilson (left) with the rest of The Beach Boys – Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson and David Marks (Al Jardine’s temporary replacement) – in 1962. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Preparing to interview Brian Wilson can make you fear what’s ahead. The Beach Boy’s battles with drugs and depression over the years have left a mark (...)

Nils Frahm: ‘It is basically the Photoshop generation; you can take a photo that looks shit and then after two hours you can make it look “perfect”. That’s also what has happened to music’

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 Gary Barlow holding his OBE. The Take That star faces calls to hand back his OBE over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme. Photograph: PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls for Take That star Gary Barlow to hand back his OBE over claims the pop star invested in a tax avoi(...)