U2 on tour: the band end their European Experience + Innocence shows playing in front of an EU  flag. Photograph: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty

'Our audience will be split different ways,' Adam Clayton tells the BBC

Casino Marino: Ireland’s miniature 18th-century architectural masterpiece

More than 100 architecturally significant city buildings open their doors this weekend

Josepha Madigan:  setting up a performance delivery agreement for its Galway2020 funding in the next few weeks. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Minister announces Markievicz bursaries for women artists and writers, to mark women’s suffrage, and hopes Galway 2020 appoints ne(...)

#GirlsTakeover: Plan International Ireland volunteers will be at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Photograph: Frank Miller

Girl takeovers also planned at Gate Theatre as UN urges empowerment for young women

 Alan McGlynn, Michael Dunphy,  Rose Crockett, Paul Doherty, and John O’Connell of  Cork-based Slí Eile, winners of the  Business in the Community Award at this year’s Bord Bia National Organic Awards

Making a meal of it, with Irish lamb, tomatoes, blue cheese and apple wine at National Organic Awards

The Fever: an antidote to the era of the individual. Photograph: Waleed Shah

Dublin Theatre Festival: 600 Highwaymen respond to social and political polarisation

Arts Council chairwoman thanks Minister for determination in representing the sector in budget negotiation

RMS Leinster: from Brian Palm’s painting for An Post’s stamp to mark the centenary of the disaster

A century ago this week 569 passengers perished aboard the ill-fated mailboat

Krispy Kreme: the Blanchardstown doughnut store’s drive-through window. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

The queue is organised with metal barriers, like at an airport. Once you join ‘there’s no going back’

Emmy winner: The Farthest tells the story of Nasa’s Voyager space probes

Emer Reynolds film about Nasa Voyagers tackles science ‘with awe and emotion’

Rocketman: Elton John as played by Taron Egerton

‘Rocketman’ trailer features concerts, pools, parties, emergencies and lots of 1970s colour

Actor Emma Watson:  ‘You didn’t want to become the face of a movement,’ she writes. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

‘Harry Potter’ actor writes: ‘In your memory, we continue the fight for reproductive justice’

Angelina, Daisy and Raul, members of St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, at the reopening of Kevin Street Library in Dublin 8. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Redesign for 21st-century use – which cost €3.9m and took five years – protects many original features

Members of the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance in Cork prepare to audition for the Late Late Toy Show in 2017. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Aspiring stars must submit an audition tape by Friday for a chance to perform in the show

My Dad’s Blind: Anna Sheils-McNamee’s play was named best production at Dublin Fringe Festival

After 16 days and 80 productions, festival wraps up with awards in 11 categories

It also wants to see ‘more commuters missing their stop’ ... but all for a good reason

Handmaid’s Tale Halloween outfit: Yandy’s “brave red maiden” costume

Rape and enforced surrogacy turn out to be less empowering than Yandy seems to have imagined

Drip Feed: Karen Cogan mixes the lyrical and the brutal. Photograph: Jonathan Birch

Dublin Fringe Festival: Karen Cogan is precise and engaging as Brenda, ‘youngish, female and queer’ in 1990s Cork

Quicksilver: Bunny Carr hosted the quizshow from 1965 to 1981. Photograph courtesy of RTÉ

A gift from single-channel land, the quizshow and its catchphrase are part of who we are

Culture Night 2018:   ballerinas from Dance Ireland with drumming sensations the Hit Machine. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

It’s hard not to be bamboozled by the choice on offer. Here’s a selection of the best bits

Foil, Arms & Hog: long-time Dublin Fringe Festival favourites

Dublin Fringe Festival: Foil, Arms & Hog are silly, inventive and genuinely very funny

Peter Branigan in the basement room of 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin, where he was born. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

14 Henrietta Street is opening as a museum to portray 270 years of urban life in Dublin

The Goethe Institute will be formally unveiled with four days of public events.

No expense spared as German state adds five-storey mews to cultural centre

Scale design plans for the new Dublin City Library at Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The design team, led by Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Architects, is currently finalising the planning application which will be lodged with An Bord Pleanala for consideration in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography

Architects unveil plans for 11,000 sq m grand design in Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

Irish writers have poured scorn on a Guardian listing of books that define Ireland

Bono  is seen on stage during a 2017 concert  in Berlin, Germany. File photograph: Frank Hoensch/Getty Images

Why are singers’ voices at risk as they age, and what happens if they are lost on stage?

Janet Moran in 'A Holy Show'

The 2018 event includes productions on shame, fatherhood and an Aer Lingus hijacking

Irish couple Mark Pollock and Simone George speaking at Ted 2018 in Vancouver. Photograph: Ryan Lash/TED

In their Ted talk George and Pollock explore how "climbing into the raging river of grief when tragedy strikes can be the way to g(...)

 Jacksonville, Florida where David Katz  was playing in a videogame tournament, before murdering  Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson. Photograph: Gianrigo Marletta / AFP

Rivalry between gamers can trigger aggressive action

An unusual, playful and visually striking public seating structure and hangout space on a green area running alongside Spencer Dock. Photograph: A Playful City

New initiative at Spencer Dock is a gathering space created by A Playful City

Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO: ’We’re now comfortable that we think we have vehicles that could do it’ Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

2022 take off may feature planes with gym, bar, creche and sleeping area facilities

Herald Angel winners: Rory Nolan, Garrett Lombard, Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan in Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

As the international and fringe festivals close, Irish teams reflect on a good month

The GLHF Game Bar, Florida, where David Katz killed three people including himself. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Violent videogames can lead to aggression, but rivalry between gamers is a bigger risk

The lastest Airbnb promo involves a contest to sleep in a roofless watchtower

Stefanie Preissner radio show ‘Situationships’ will air on RTÉ Radio 1 on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Writer Stefanie Preissner on ending the hit comedy-drama and heading for the US

Flaming Lips at the Big Top  started by releasing massive balloons into the crowd while covering ‘Space Oddity’ in a zorb, which then surfed the crowd.

Programme straddling popular and esoteric work attracts record numbers

Galway International Arts Festival: Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon loomed over Shop Street. Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Highlights so far? David Mach, Enda Walsh, Sonya Kelly and Museum of the Moon

The Museum of the Moon installation near Lynch’s Castle on Shop Street, Galway.

David Mach’s vehicles explode out of an old print work’s concrete floor, an inflatable moon rises over the street, a sharp new Iri(...)

A group photograph to mark the final major public event after a full year of campaiging by Waking The Feminists  on The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish theatre came out blazing this week, proving that gender equality is ‘not hard to do, if you want to’

The festival’s street art and spectacle includes Museum of the Moon, a giant moon featuring detailed Nasa imagery of the lunar surface by artist Luke Jerram, at NUI Galway’s Human Biology Building. Photograph: Carl Milner Photography

This year’s festival boasts a full moon, and a garden, theatre, gigs, talks and thoughts

Capital city hosts 80 productions, from club culture and female sexuality to comedy and new theatre

The Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan with Garry Hynes, Druid Theatre at the launch of the  gender policies of 10 Irish theatre organisations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Huge rise in number of women employed was sparked by Waking the Feminists movement

The Gravity & Other Myths troupe practising for a performance of ‘Backbone’, which will be at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival

Australian new circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths is coming to Galway International Arts Festival

National Symphony Orchestra: moving from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall. Photograph: RTÉ

Cabinet opts not to keep NSO within broadcaster or establish it as a separate institution

Sacha Baron Cohen at the premiere of ‘Grimsby’ in Westwood, California in 2016. Photograph: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Video ‘trailer’ sees POTUS telling the comedian: ‘Go to school! Learn about being funny’

Seamus Heaney’s children Catherine, Chris and Mick, and the poet’s widow, Marie Heaney at a piece by artist Maser, Don’t Be Afraid. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Poet’s archive at College Green reveals ‘intimacies that defined Seamus the man’

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the launch of the new exhibition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Exhibition on late Nobel laureate unveiled at new College Green cultural centre

Amybeth McNulty: the 16-year-old Donegal actor has just finished filming season two of the Netflix series Anne with an E

The 16-year-old actor on racism, sexuality and bullying, on screen and off

Seamus Heaney in Glanmore, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Jack McManus

Twitter reunites long-lost letter from the Nobel Prize winning poet and its owner

Our dad the poet: Seamus, Catherine, Mick, Marie and Chris Heaney in the 1970s. Photograph © Bobbie Hanvey; courtesy National Library of Ireland

For his family, choosing 100 poems from a long career, was weighted with memories

Stephen Swift: In a world where ego can dominate, Swift seemed to steer a path straddling decency and talent.

Obituary: Stephen Swift was ‘an outstanding example of how to live’

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan at the launch of the Government’s Audiovisual Action Plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Blueprint aims to double employment and turnover in audiovisual sector in five years

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke,  Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Arts Council director Orlaigh McBride along with Irish artists and arts organisations at the Arts Council during the Minister visit.

Arts Council chairwoman Sheila Pratschke says it must seek out and support artists of the future

The Hibernian Metropolis by Senan Moloney

Boredom led Senan Molony to make a Tube-style map for Dublin through a ‘Ulysses’ prism

Diarmuid Gavin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Home Front: What to do and see across Ireland over the next few weeks

Ssinger and guitarist Kurt Cobain performing with Nirvana at the recording of  ‘MTV Unplugged in  Novemeber  1993. Photograph:  Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Smells Like Teen Spirit sweater and Cobain’s early sketches to have worldwide premiere at Kildare museum

 Solar Bones author Mike McCormack: “The heroes of the book, from the moment I finished writing it have all been women”. Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

‘A gifted generation of writers is being fostered by an equally gifted generation of young Irish editors’

Mike McCormack: “A lot of people had faith in me, to stick by me and listen to me, and put up with me during the difficult years.” Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

Latest prize for ‘Solar Bones’ is recognition for Mayo author after years in wilderness

Ciarán Lawless gave up his full-time job to concentrate on reversing liver disease with a strict diet and exercise regime.

A liver disease associated with diabetes and weight rather than alcohol can be prevented or reversed with diet and exercise

 Miranda de Pencier, Amybeth McNulty and Moira Walley-Beckett at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. Photograph: George Pimentel/Getty Images

McNulty leads the darker version of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ from ‘Breaking Bad’ writer

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Showgirls’ is an example of good practice in sex scenes.

How do you safely act having sex? Welcome to Intimacy on Set, the safe sex code for actors

Tom Ryan’s oil on canvas, Mars agus Venus

A new exhibition in the Shannonside village is ‘sure to attract a lot of attention’

The Abbey Theatre described Stephen Swift as a ‘phenomenal actor, beloved friend and respected colleague’

Dublin stage actor who has died aged 44 remembered as ‘an outstanding example of how to live’

A former resident outside the laundry at Sean McDermott Street, where there are  posies and a bouquet left at the door in memory of women who spent their lives inside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Now just 40, ‘Jenny’ was one of the last generation to live in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries

Kevin Battle is the harbour master in Portland on the northeast coast of the US. Photograph: RTE

Kevin Battle was adopted from the Sean Ross Abbey. Years later he has found his siblings

Sinéad Burke: “Her mission is clear,” says Vogue: “To educate designers on how to be fully inclusive in fashion and beyond.” Photograph: Sara Freund

Sinéad Burke joins Meghan Markle, Amal Clooney, Stella McCartney and Orla Doherty

The Instagarden from Argos who have thought long and hard about what is trending in gardening.  File photograph: Getty Images

Home Front: short of space at home but don’t want to move? A garden house is an increasingly popular option

Hard Rock Cafe Dublin - “love all serve all” at the bar

Bar-restaurant gets a bunch of new memorabilia including Phil Lynott’s guitar and Cranberries’ lyrics but U2’s Trabant is out

Irish Council for Civil Liberties says censoring art is ‘highly questionable’ as Cathleen Ní Houlihan meets Rosie the Riveter on a(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

Tom Murphy remembered as festival gears up for Galway 2020

President Michael D Higgins and Tom Murphy: “I had the pleasure of presenting Tom with the Aosdána torc in his home in 2017, a great acknowledgment by his contemporaries of his outstanding abilities as a writer”

The late playwright’s friends, colleagues and admirers remember the man and his work

Ruth Negga: the Oscar-nominated Irish actor  will play ‘Hamlet’ at the Gate theatre

Gate breaks from its painful recent past with ‘The Snapper’ and an innovative ‘Hamlet’

Irish Ferries has been in the news because of the late delivery of the WB Yeats, for its French routes. The launch of this craft seems to have gone smoothly

The trip to Wales takes two hours on Irish Ferries’ comfortable, contemporary craft

 The Natural History Museum: the €85 million investment is part of a 15-year cultural plan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rarely seen ethnographic exhibits were on display to mark 15-year refurbishment plan

Bono performs with U2 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the US leg of their d’s Experience + Innocence tour. Photograph: Photograph: Shane Bevel/The New York Times

U2 rank 3rd richest. Ed Sheeran is second-wealthiest young musician, Niall Horan 4th

 Long-term plans: the National Museum on Dublin’s Kildare Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Extensions, updgrades and connections between museum sites part of 15-year vision

Take note: Adrian Thornton of Thornton Pianos reckons the critical things in maintaining a learner’s interest are genuine interest, a good teacher, a reliable shop and a good quality piano. Photograph: Getty Images

Size, location, maker, condition: key things to look out for when choosing an instrument

The Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band

There is a ton of stuff going on across the country over the next few days

Denise Gough: Tony Award nominee for ‘Angels in America’, which also stars Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/The New York Times

Actor from Ennis almost gave up after 10 years struggling to make it in London, before landing her big break

Authors Marita Conlon-McKenna (left) and Melatu Uche Okorie at the launch of the programme for the 21st International Literature Festival Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council says Question of the Eighth event contravened its code of conduct

Elisabeth Moss: ‘Season two is going to be bad too, really dark – it’s going to get worse’

RTÉ2 airs series two of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ tonight, the first channel in Europe to do so

As part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018 Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses: the first staging in Ireland of a baroque masterpiece. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

Highlights of Kilkenny Arts Festival announced for the medieval city

Angela Clarke composed a number of songs, and this one, Hoist the Flag, was written in Dublin after the Rising.

A forgotten woman of 1916, a deaf choir and Forever Young singers come together in a celebration of neighbourhood projects

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, one of the national broadcaster’s two orchestras. Photograph: RTÉ

Report says National Symphony Orchestra should be established as separate cultural institution

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

‘On Christmas Eve there was always a sherry reception for the customers’

Big Tom: people queue to pay their respects at Oram Gaelic Football Club. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Wake at Oram GFC has been going since noon, and no sign of ending

The Jessbrook Equestrian Centre, built by convicted drug trafficker John Gilligan beside his home. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jessbrook, former home of convicted criminal John Gilligan, is ‘sale agreed’

Actors tell real-life stories of those incarcerated or working in Irish penal institutions

The experience of being ‘inside’ is the subject of a current art project at Kilmainham Gaol

Iseult Golden and Colm Maher setting up the sage at a Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

After three years off-site, the lunchtime venue returns to swish new facilities

Crawford Art Gallery to be refurbished. . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

€1.2bn to be spent as part of Project Ireland 2040 capital funding

Capacity of main auditorium to increase to 1,350 seats

After 20 years of false starts, €78m investment announced as part of Project Ireland 2040

Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill on Skellig Michael in a scene from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Photograph: Lucasfilm

Funding for Abbey Theatre, museums, National Archives and National Library

The Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin will host an unusual swap on Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

International Literature Festival Dublin has come up with a mint way to celebrate its 21st-anniversary

The investment includes €460 million earmarked for priority projects at national cultural institutions including the National Library. Photograph: Frank Miller

Priorities include renovating cultural institutions and digitising national collections

Full size replicas of the 1916 Proclamation are being printed at the National Print Museum as part of Printfest

Dublin’s National Print Museum’s classes and workshops show the medium is far from dead

Catríona Crowe, Eleanor Methven, Peter Crowley, Phillip McMahon and Sheila Pratschke in discussion at Speak Up & Call It Out, at Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Speak Up & Call it Out initiative could be turning point in controversy over Gate allegations

A long boat  at the Viking Ship Museum in  Oslo, Norway

History exaggerated the Battle of Clontarf – one of many misconceptions about Vikings

The Humours of Bandon

GB18 sees Irish theatre, art, dance and music on show all year long in Britain

Catriona Crowe, Eleanor Methven, Peter Crowley,  Philip McMahon and Sheila Pratschke at the Speak Up & Call it Out event at   Dublin’s Liberty Hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Panel discussion told it’s up to Michael Colgan how he deals with misconduct allegations

 Campaign director Lian Bell (front) leading a Waking the Feminists event  on the Rosie Hackett Bridge  in Dublin in 2016. Photograph:  Kate Horgan

The grassroots movement called for equality for women across the Irish theatre sector

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