Sell-out shows from the likes of Adele (above), Rod Stewart, Justin Bieber and Paul Simon helped boost profits for the owners of the 3Arena in Dublin last year.

New figures show that at least 60 families have lost their homes as a result of Ireland’s tracker mortgage scandal, writes Joe Brennan. And the figure(...)

Adele’s sell-out show at the 3Arena last year helped to boost profits for the venue’s manager. File photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Sell-out shows from the likes of Adele, Rod Stewart, Justin Bieber and Paul Simon helped boost profits for the owners of the 3Arena in Dublin last yea(...)

Both their band name and the title of their debut album might suggest that Shrug Life are a band percolating in apathy, but don’t be fooled. The Dubli(...)

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Language of love: “shift” is still Ireland’s favoured term for some tongue-on-tongue action. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Few things get people more animated than asking what language they’ve heard used for “relations” – the sexual ones, not the familial ones. There’s not(...)

A sign at the rear of Rathmines Post Office in Dublin

While writing about Kilcock and the Old Bog Road earlier this week, it seems I neglected to mention an even greater infrastructural wonder in that Kil(...)

Marge Simpson: the blue-haired great American mom who has nurtured her family of Homer, Bart, Lisa and baby Maggie

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Lorde: “My writing this time was inspired by records I really admired, the classic albums like ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac or ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon. Photograph: Brendan Walter

There’s a lyric on Lorde’s new album, Melodrama, which catches the ear. It runs, “bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark,” and it’s tart,(...)

For the usual reasons, there are too many good songwriters out there that hardly ever make an impact outside recording studios and family gatherings. (...)

 This is the end: Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath onstage during the bans’s  “The End Tour” in August 2016. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

“The end” – the conclusion to every fairytale. These two little words appeared on the Black Sabbath website this week without any elaboration. That t(...)