Fontaines DC are a gem of a band, and Dogrel is a rough diamond. Photograph: Visionhaus/Getty

Rich people who see grit as something to be scrubbed: rest assured, the city hates you

Ciara O’Callaghan as Genevieve and Emma Willis as Jen in Gary Duggan’s Spotless. Photograph: Ste Murray

In Conversation: Ciara O’Callaghan and Emma Willis star together in the new play Spotless

Is it time for an Enyaissance? Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Rosé beers and Enya are up, gendered perfume and high maintenance beauty regimes are down

Mary Cummins article on Rembrandt House, a house of 13 flats in Monkstown, Co Dublin, which was home to 20 adults and 19 children in 1970.

From the archive: Throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, articles depicted woeful housing situations in Dublin

Kneecap: ‘Because we’re detached from it [the Troubles] in that sense, we can look at it with a different perspective’

These ‘Good Friday agreement babies’ rap in Irish, and even the Troubles are fair game

It seems inevitable that the far right will make further gains in coming elections, leaving the European Parliament in the strange position of including more and more people who are opposed to the EU ideologically. Photograph: Getty Images

The thousands of young Irish voters who voted in the referendums of 2015 and 2018 now need to turn up for Europe

Down with donuts. Photograph: iStock

Irish restaurant Bunsen expanding into Barelona is up, donuts and Dumbo are down

French film director Agnes Varda: late artist’s   work was fuelled by empathy. Photograph: Getty/AFP

In homage to Varda, let’s gather lessons – if not beauty and profundity – from UK chaos

Phil Lynott (1951 - 1986), singer and bass guitarist with the rock group Thin Lizzy, performs on stage on July 12th, 1976. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty

Report of arrests and drug seizures at party for Phil Lynott captured hedonism of the era

Dermot Kennedy

Irish musician Dermot Kennedy is up; spice bag spin-offs are down

Maria Alyokhina will be in conversation with Conor O’Clery at the Mountains to Sea festival in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

The political punk art collective remains a blistering force in contemporary protest

Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable MP and Conservative MP Justine Greening join protesters taking part in the Put it to the People march in London on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Polarised referendum campaigns have ended up as forces for unity in Ireland

1846: starving peasants clamour at the gates of a workhouse during the Famine. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A report in The Irish Times in 1860 showed political arguments were back in full swing

A lot of ups and downs

Weekday denim and Jordan Peele’s Us are up; Copper Face Jacks and retail is down

Drake’s North American tour took on mythical status. Photograph: Ross Gilmore/Getty Images

A sportscar spins through the air at the 3Arena (that’s no metaphor, it happened)

 Flowers and tributes at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch on March 17th, after    50 were confirmed dead in shootings at two mosques two days earlier.  The attacks  are the worst in New Zealand’s history. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

Our interactions with dark, radicalised, empathy vacuums of internet are dangerous

What’s hot: Natasha Lyonne, the genius behind   Netflix series Russian Doll. Photograph: Netflix

Yes to Natasha Lyonne, the creator of brilliant Netflix series Russian Doll, but no to nano bags

Lilian Bland at the controls of the Mayfly.

Lilian Bland was one such magnificent and colourful aviator in a flying machine

Mango X Mathman

In advance of St Patrick’s Day, we celebrate some of Ireland’s leading creative lights

 Writer and philosopher Susan Sontag: her intellectualism was deeply rooted in an empathy that might well assist in moves towards Irish unity. Photograph: George Rose/Getty

North-South dialogue and cohesion must avoid unionist vs nationalist binaries

Vogue Williams: back and tanned

Vogue Williams’s new tanning line is up; the waste coffee machines generate is down

Bridget and Michael Cleary

The Way We Were: A mysterious entity in a red coat was ‘observed for some days’

Colm O’Regan: ‘The book is an homage to what the strength of rural Ireland is: the social capital, what binds.’ Photograph: Roger Kenny Photography

The comedian’s affection for rural Ireland shines through his novel Ann Devine: Ready for Her Close-Up

Adam Matthews and Alma Kelliher, who appear in RIOT at Vicar Street in May

In Conversation: Artist Adam Matthews and musician Alma Kelliher who appear together in RIOT, at Vicar Street in May

The Prodigy: Keith Flint’s performances established the band as one of the most significant of their generation. Photograph: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, whose grit and glamour embodied 1990s London, has died at 49

GHB can impact people’s decision-making skills and boundaries in sexual situations, potentially leading to riskier behaviour. Photograph: Douglas Sacha via Getty Images

HIV is a public heath issue, but a spike in diagnoses seems to be going unchecked

The Baltimore Sun of March 19th, 1859: There was a terrible riot among the Irish, near Baltimore, on St Patrick’s Day . . . fighting lasted three hours and “was as bloody as some skirmishes that have respectable places in history.”

Whether pagan, savage, soldier or smoker, St Patrick’s Day occupies a special place among the Irish

What’s hot: Bosca Beatha, the travelling mobile sauna in Wicklow. Photograph: @BoscaBeatha/Facebook

The Bosca Beatha mobile sauna and Kale+Coco, a new vegan spot in Stoneybatter, are up

Eamonn Doyle: ON-05 (2014)

For the DJ and producer turned photographer, it’s about what’s not in the frame

Kojaque: the musician and film-maker encapsulates the multifaceted creativity that is giving both the music industry and fans whiplash

The Dublin rapper thinks about performance beyond the microphone in his hand

Ranelagh says no. When the   MetroLink route was proposed last year, the opposition to it coalesced around the closure of the through road at Dunville Avenue to Beechwood Road. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ranelagh opposition could mean years of metro line plans derailed yet again

Aidan Scanlon (16) trying to calculate the shape of Q molecule on the computer in the science laboratory at Coláiste Choilm CBS, Swords, Co Dublin

It beat the Department of Education to the punch on computer studies – by 43 years

Slow down: one-wheel skateboards

Roman-style pizza is up; one-wheel skateboards are down

Robbie Ryan on the set of Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite. Photograph: Fox Searchlight

The Favourite DP on stories, pictures and why he’ll never be inspired by Instagram

‘I am not surprised by the allegations against Ryan Adams.’ File photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times

Ryan Adams allegations raise questions about the level of awful behaviour in the sector

Wellies: these boots weren’t made for walking to work

Get yourself to Kojaque’s gig at Whelan’s, but stay away from premature festival chat

Trinity College Dublin

A ‘striking advance in the progress of the feminist movement in Trinity’

Caitriona Balfe: “Let’s say being the daughter of a garda in 1980s borderland counties was not the easiest thing.” Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty

The Outlander star on learning fast, acting tough and growing up in Monaghan

RTÉ radio presenter Rick O’Shea and author  Julia Kelly

In Conversation: radio presenter Rick O’Shea and author Julia Kelly

Today’s rush-bought petrol station flowers are simply following a grand tradition. Photograph: Reuters

Coal, blood and powdered lizards: revealing romance tips from The Irish Times archives

The children’s hospital and the nurses’ strike are a confluence, tributaries of the same river about to burst its banks. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Neither frugalness nor accuracy are intrinsic to the Irish disposition

Ariana Grande: her tattoo was meant to say ‘7 rings’ honour of her new hit song, instead it translated to ‘small BBQ grill’

Embrace communal cooking but be wary of vaguely labelled food and tattoos in Japanese

Kevin McGahern and Edwin Sammon

In Conversation: Kevin McGahern and Edwin Sammon

Bernie Ní Fhlatharta, Mary Wilson, Anne Flaherty, Marese McDonagh and Justine McCarthy

Mary Wilson, Vogue Williams and others talk about the friendships they can’t do without

Tivoli car park street art: An Bord Pleanála ordered it to be  documented. Filing away archives is memorialising, not preserving. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Loss of Tivoli exemplifies erosion of ideas and creativity and replacement by commerce

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It   is extraordinarily dense and only accessible on foot

Planet’s entire population of mountain gorillas resides between just four different locations in Africa

The gold model boat contained in the Broighter Hoard. File photograph: National Museum of Ireland

The Way We Were: The complex wrangling surrounding the ornaments is often forgotten

Viktor & Rolf show at Paris Fashion Week. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

‘The Other Two’ is funny, but just say no to ostentatious displays of money

Tears for Fears: Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal’s songs stand the test of time. File photograph: AFP/Getty

At 3Arena, the music of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith sounds as pristine as ever

Supporters and members of the transgender community outside the  RTÉ studios last week protesting over the broadcast of a “Prime Time” interview with  Graham Linehan. Photograph: Tom Honan

RTÉ needlessly imported a mean-spirited trans debate from the UK

Scooter commuters: It just looks like so much effort. Photograph: iStock  

Yes to Helen Steele’s new athleisure range, but no to scooter commuters

Report in The Irish Times

In 1969 the north Dublin village looked set for a commune but locals didn’t feel the love

Women’s March in California on January 19th, 2019, in Los Angeles: The Repeal movement and referendum win have acted as a point of inspiration and hope for women in America. Photograph: Sarah Morris/Getty

Protest marches carry torch for rights as deep misogyny persists under Trump

Adam Fogarty with Kate Stanley-Brennan

In Conversation: Kate Stanley-Brennan, aka Miss Kate and Adam Fogarty, aka MathMan  

“Pupils of St Mary’s College of Domestic Economy, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin, receive instruction round a combined island range”

The Way We Were: published February 5th, 1955

Jennifer Zamparelli on Dancing with the Stars. Photograph: RTÉ

Get yourself some coffee porter, but don’t believe the Bohemian Rhapsody hype

MEP and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks at a political rally entitled 'Lets Go WTO' hosted by pro-Brexit lobby group Leave Means Leave in London on January 17, 2019. - British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to put together a new Brexit strategy on Thursday after MPs rejected her EU divorce deal and demanded that she rule out a potentially disastrous "no-deal" split. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

It’s rare to encounter a story like Brexit where those involved know how disastrous it’s going to be, yet keep pursuing it.

British prime minister Theresa May’s resilience will be tested again this week. Photograph: AFP/Images

A woman ‘given a shot’ but failing often enables a retreat to the male status quo

Alison Spittle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Alison Spittle conquered Irish comedy, then hit the emerald ceiling. Time to move on

The new Music Minds festival takes place in Doolin on January 19th

Music Minds focuses on music, music technology and the processes of music making

Findlater’s on Upper  O’Connell Street, 1835-1969. Photograph: Courtesy Alex Findlater

IPA is not a new thing – in the mid-19th century, it was popular among the beard-strokers

Messy: Louis CK’s attempted comeback. Photograph:   Rich Fury/Getty Images

Yes to the young Irish actor Aisling Franciosi, but no to Louis CK’s comeback

“People in their 20s and 30s are facing situations that will have an impact on their consumer behaviour that previous generations didn’t.” Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Millennials underpin spending move from goods to experiences and services

Leslie Taylor, ringing master of Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral, in the bell tower.  Photograph:  PA

The original New Year’s festival and a different kind of street party

Impossible Project founder Florian Kaps: “What makes the analogue so appealing in a digital world is that we are in the end human beings who are living through their senses and who are here to leave traces on earth. You just can’t do that with your mobile phone and digital data.”

The Impossible Project is bringing analogue cameras and film to digital natives

“The grassroots movements will continue to dominate Irish society, social change and political activism, as they have done in recent years.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Media blinds spots remain but grassroots will continue to dominate social change

It’s much more gas to trivialise trans rights by talking about the gender of snowmen than address the actual discrimination faced by trans people. Photograph: iStock

Manufactured disputes undermine, demean and demonise real, positive causes


Plus: Grab a table at Uno Mas, where thankfully there is no hummus ice-cream

 UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: A political vacuum opened up post-referendum and the people were ready.   How sad that political leadership was lacking.  Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty

The laughing stock that British politics has become could have been sobered by Labour

Keira Knightley   shines in new film “Colette”. Photograph:  Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Keira Knightley and Amari are up; Kevin Hart and Sheryl Sandberg are down

Fontaines DC: “We were all encouraging each other to be who we believed ourselves to be all the time”

These five best friends make something familiar sound new and exhilarating

The Liberties in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Marrowbone Lane site should be used for the community, not to build a super-depot

Yes vote supporters celebrate  the results of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment  at Dublin Castle in May. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Vote 100: A century on from 1918, the Eighth Amendment referendum was most momentous vote for Irish women

Stars of 2018 (from left, top): Saint Sister, Rejjie Snow, Lisa O'Neill, Kojaque. Front row: Grian Chatten of Fontaines DC, Le Galaxie and Wyvern Lingo

Year in Culture Review: Talented acts keep emerging, and a new grass-roots industry infrastructure is also taking shape

A computer-generated image of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital.

Minister must address questions over role of Sisters of Charity in relation to hospital

Irish singers Loah and Jack O’Rourke perform Joni Mitchell’s River in St James’s Church in Dingle as part of the Other Voices festival.

Dingle-based festival moves beyond music-based origins to explore wider discourse

Fairy lights: more, more, more. Photograph: iStock

Halloumi burgers are hot, that end-of-year lack of achievement feeling is definitely not

Ciaran Devane:  he spoke of “the over-exuberance of the Celtic Tiger” and admiring “many of the decisions made around the recovery”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ciaran Devane says leadership is now about debate, process and teamwork

Angela Byrne and Melanie Lynch

Herstory founder Melanie Lynchand historian Angela Byrne in conversation

In the absence of  basic rights the rental crisis has created new rules for renters. One of these rules is for renters to pretend they’re invisible. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The rental crisis has a vice-like grip on people’s disposable income

“Unlocking memories of the Aids crisis are really difficult because we buried our hurt anger and distress”, says Tonie Walsh

Lifelong gay activist’s one-man play features stories from the Aids crisis to marriage equality

Other Voices: Sigrid, the Norwegian singer, in Dingle during last year’s performance series

Plus Jen Nollaig, vintage Vans, Mary Poppins redux and facemask posturing

Hozier perform at Other Voices in Dingle.

The festival continues to ‘celebrate what’s about to happen, or about to disappear’

Maser: “I’m looking at other artists I admire and thinking I’m just a pebble in the stream. I’m very mindful of ego getting in the way and slowing things down.” Photograph: Joshua Mulholland

Approaching burnout made Al Hester return to Dublin and rethink his artistic vision

Conservative MP and leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Misplaced sense of superiority and entitlement underpins Brexit crusade

Adult snow leopard: 99 per cent of threatened species are at risk from human activities. Photograph: Getty Images

Sound Off: Humans are killing off other species

Rusangano Family: Straight into the mainstream. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hip hop is the dominant youth culture in Ireland, and we’re a better country for it

Workers at Google offices in Dublin following a walkout in protest at the company’s treatment of women: tech companies have been dealing with an infinite conveyor belt of terrible behaviour. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Google worker walkout evidence of mass discontent with glossy tech world’s morality

Clubs and club nights that offer a sense of discovery, community, and creativity are a norm in other European capitals. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Capital ideas: We need to support risk-taking, creative youth, writes Una Mullally

The polling station on Tory Island, off the coast of Co Donegal. Peter Casey received 12,952 votes in Donegal, Michael D Higgins got 15,052. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

County’s strong support for Peter Casey in presidential election underlines anger

John Reynolds (left) owner of Pod nightclub, and Robbie Fox, owner of Renards, at a press conference in 2003. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Electric Picnic founder was fiercely private, intensely creative, financially hit-and-miss

 Lady Gaga attends ELLE’s 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration in an oversized suit in Los Angeles. Photograph:   Presley Ann/Getty Images

Yes to Lada Gaga’s oversized suit but no to news of an Amy Whinehouse hologram tour

Distinctive: John Reynolds would speed across the Electric Picnic site on a golf buggy, his straggly salt-and-pepper hair flying. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

His death has shocked the countless people who partied in his clubs, blagged their way on to his guest list, and danced at his fes(...)

Peter Casey: his opinions on Travellers are not welcome in modern Ireland. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

We have a duty a voters to defy this kind of inflammatory politics at every turn

Strictly Come Dancing’s Seann Walsh with his dance partner Katya Jones: the pair were seen kissing on a night out. Photograph:    Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire

Seann Walsh scandal spoils the fun on ‘Strictly’, while Eileen Walsh shines in ‘Women On The Verge’

Observing this political “race’ would turn anyone off politics.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Random schoolchildren would have made a better case for themselves

Is it ok if we hide at home until Christmas?

What’s not: Microbags, early morning flights and dude food

Students arrived at the Raise The Roof rally in their thousands. The mobilisation of a new generation of students in recent years as a strong activist force is hugely significant. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Building a movement is all about making alliances, even if some internal conflict occurs

 Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage at Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What’s not: The new Gmail and Versace

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh framed his past as dislocated from his current personality. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Talk of academic prowess and athletic skill, while distancing past self, are classic tactics

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