This year’s awards span 25 categories, ranging from business and politics to showbiz and sport

The Irish Times has received more nominations than any other newspaper in the shortlist for this year’s national Journalism Awards, with more than twi(...)

Ollie West in Dead Centre’s Hamnet.  Photograph:  Gianmarco Bresadola

Hamnet Peacock Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Who haunted Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet? A play so steeped in death, full of demanding fathers, hapless son(...)

Duran Duran playing  the main stage at Electric Picnic on Sunday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

And lo, the rains came. At 3am yesterday, The Irish Times (I think I can speak for the whole paper) trudges tipsily and sunburnt through storm and mud(...)

Selected highlights chosen by Michael Dervan, Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea, Siobhán Long, Aidan Dunne, Peter Crawley and Cormac Larkin GOOD FRIDAY (...)

Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson in Dublin Oldschool

Emmet Kirwan latest dazzling take on the state of our nation takes the form of a short film called Heartbreak. The film was made by director Dave T(...)

A matter of perspective: Ruth Wilson and Dominic West in The Affair. Photograph: Showtime

Deep into its third series, the theme music for The Affair (Tuesday, Sky Atlantic, 10pm) seems unlikely to lose its welcome or loosen its grip. That’(...)

Empathy is like a tanning bed: This Beach, at the Project Arts Centre

HOT BROWN HONEY ★★★★ Spiegeltent @ Merrion Square An exhilarating Australian burlesque troupe formed by women of Polynesian and indigenous origin, Ho(...)

Donald Trump during a campaign event: the reluctance of American journalists to  confront his lies with facts is staggering.  Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

It’s strange to think that there are kids studying for their Junior Certificate now who were born after the Twin Towers were attacked. Fifteen years i(...)

An Irish Times panel discussion on arts at the Irish Times tent at Electric Picnic. Pictured from left, Patrick Freyne, Louise Bruton, Lawrence Mackin, Una Mullaly and Peter Crawley.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Last week Off Topic got out of the studio and went on the road to Electric Picnic. The Irish Times tent in the Mindfield spoken word area played hos(...)

Lana Del Ray: the sexy girl in the year above you in school who gets picked up by a guy on a motorbike and can roll a perfect cigarette

UNA MULLALLY Watching Nas perform NY State Of Mind. One of the greatest hip-hop tracks of all time, it still sounds as urgent and dark as ever. Nas (...)