‘I’m  like personal security for a tiny celebrity.’ Photograph: iStock

Babies must think themselves magnificent creatures. Every time they show up, everyone smiles

Umbria has a rich cultural history,  and its countryside is dotted with towns that make delightful day-long diversions.

Delightful food, pristine countryside and not a tourist in sight

U2 performing at Croke Park in July. Brian Boyd’s report detailing the band was planning to breathe new life into their 1987 album The Joshua Tree was the fifth most read culture article on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Readers were also interested in Michael Colgan, Vincent Hanley and maps of Ireland

Stephen Rea with his award for best actor at The Irish Times Irish Theatre awards. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Best Ensemble and Best Movement Direction are being introduced for the awards ceremony in February 2018

As we head into the final voting days for this year’s Ticket Awards, the main categories couldn’t be closer

Shane MacGowan performing on stage with The Pogues in Greenwich in 2011. Photograph:  Matt Kent/Redferns

Tickets for the January National Concert Hall gig, which features a stellar line-up, go on sale this Friday

 Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, adapted and directed by Enda Walsh. Photograph:  Tim Walker

Murphy says ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ broke his heart when he first read it

Thomas Shelby played by Cillian Murphy. Photograph: Robert Viglasky

Review: The violent, sulphurous period gangster drama is back to cut up our screens

 St Johann in Tirol,  Austria: Although it sits at only  659m (2,160ft)  above sea level,    the town’s excellent piste management means there are 60km (37 miles) of ski runs

Austria fires up the season with ‘snow guns’ and excellent artificial slope management

The Gate Theatre: A 2016 report compared the management style under Michael Colgan ‘to that of a family business with a high degree of control by the current director over all aspects’.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Arts Council commissioned review after concerns raised about governance

“We think the Gate should conduct an investigation into the conduct and behaviour of Michael Colgan,” says National Women’s Council of Ireland chairperson Orla O’Connor. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nicholas Kearns with Martin McAleese welcome moves by Gate board to investigate women’s claims

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan: seven women ex-employees claimed frequent inappropriate touching, highly sexualised comments and workplace bullying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

'She’ll never work in Dublin again’ was a phrase that he used a lot around the office,' one woman recalled

Here’s the best spot to watch Monday night’s parade from, and our picks from the festival’s events

The show itself is punctuated by a chaotic history of music, as Warlop, her three-piece band and one punishingly overworked roadie barely keep the show on the road

Miet Warlop returns to Dublin Theatre Festival in typical explosive fashion

Conor McGregor in a fashion shoot for The Irish Times in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator

A chance meeting backstage at the Late Late Show led Jamie D’Alton to make Notorious, the movie of McGregor’s rise and rise

Oona Doherty’s stunning performance in ‘A Concrete Song’

Oona Doherty and ‘Heartbreak’ director Dave Tynan collaborate on ‘A Concrete Song’

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem on stafe in London on September 22nd, 2017. Photograph: Burak Cingi/Redferns

On the first of a three-night residency, James Murphy and co make a triumphant return to the delight of the disco-punk crew

Carla Mooney gets first go in the  the Red Bull Soundome at Electric Picnic ahead of the festival’s opening on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Here are the Salty Dog, Soundome, Casa Bacardi, Comedy, Jerry Fish and Trenchtown lineups

Melvin Benn: “The whole of Europe has changed their security plan in every aspect of everything that we do.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Ten years is the minimum,’ says organiser as site set-up for this year is revealed

 Erica O’Regan and friends from Carlow at last year’s Electric Picnic festival.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Here’s the second tranche of stage times for the Stradbally festival

Start making your main stage schedules now. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Stage times for the Main, Body and Soul, Rankin’s Wood and Other Voices stages

Stage times, travel info, news, tips and treats – we’ve got all the best Electric Picnic bits

Run Gendry run: do not ever challenge this man to a race, unless you are a raven or a dragon

We’ve crunched the imaginary numbers on that epic run from last night’s episode

The beauty about boxing training even as an amateur or beginner is that it gives you immediate results

The buzz factor you get when you can comfortably do a few lengths will make the all the effort worthwhile

Raven Eyed by Loosysmokes will take over a warehouse in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival

Artistic director Kris Nelson unveils his final programme

Ahead of season seven, here’s everything you need to know about the ground-breaking fantasy drama

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride: “We must find a different way to support older artists,” she says. “There are no plans to reduce Aosdána’s funding. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New system will simplify procedures, promote new artists and improve feedback

Artist Miranda Blennerhassett receives the RCSI silver medal from Prof John Hyland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Blennerhassett won for an ingenious piece made with wallpaper on a gallery stairwell

Body & Soul: Bonobo’s stunning set. Photograph: Debbie Hickey/Getty

News was slow to emerge of the Body & Soul festival's first death in eight years

Festival organisers are working with the Garda in relation to the death of a man and have described it as “non-suspicious”. Family members have been notified.

Festival organisers working with Garda on incident as family members notified

Darren McGuigan (Belfast), Aoife Raleigh (Westmeath) and Tony Mahon (Dublin) give it their all at the Body & Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

It’s grown in size but this festival is one of the most relaxed on hectic summer schedule

Field of dreams: Getting down at Body & Soul

Time to pack your bags and plan your route

Parcels headline the  main stage on Friday

Every stage, every band, every slot for this weekend’s festival

George Hayworth of Bourgeois and Maurice at Kilkenny Cat Laughs

The festival gets a new set of directors for 2017

Kiesza was due to headline the Bare in the Woods festival

Kiesza and Mike Skinner were due to perform at Portarlington event

Kate Mc Bride, Kildare with Michelle Considine from Malahide, looking at Eilis O'Connell's bronze sculpture entitled Angular Momentum, which was shortlistlisted for the RCSI Art Award, Varnishing Day, at the RHA.Photo Kenneth O Halloran

Varnishing Day marks opening of this year’s RHA Annual Exhibition

Body and Soul takes place on June 23rd to 25th at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Allen Kiely

The Irish Times will be partnering with the festival on Saturday with a programme of talks and debates

Shane Koyczan, a Canadian spoken-word poet, writer, and member of the group Tons of Fun University

The spoken-word festival is holding its final event next week, but its demise isn’t an entirely sad story

Kendrick Lamar. File photograph: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images

On Lamar’s new album, the big-name collaborators never outshine the smartest artist working in music today

Six-year-old Cindy Wang and friends at the launch  of Cruinniú Na Cásca 2017,  which will take place on Easter Monday in Dublin City Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

From St Stephen’s Green to Custom House Quay, there’s something for everyone in Dublin and around the country

Workspace for rockstars? Part of Brickhouse, Iconic’s latest office space, on Baggot Street, Dublin

Opinion: a student competition run by a commercial office provider is proving a typical example of how the business world too ofte(...)

A still from May by Lewis Kenny and Tony Callaly

Get those tissues ready and call your mother after watching May by Lewis Kenny and Tony Callaly

Loosysmokes perform at the launch on the Electric Picnic at  Urban Plant Life on Cork Street, Dublin 8 on March 23rd, 2017.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Comments come after Electric Picnic sells out in less than five minutes, ahead of lineup announcement

 Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft of The xx are due to headline this year’s Electric Picnic festival. Photograph:  Jakubaszek/Redferns

The first tranche of acts is announced hours after the festival sells out

The Electric Picnic has sold out tickets, hours before it was due to announce its lineup for 2017. Photograph: Niall Bouzon/Inpho/Red Bull

The music festival is due to announce its line-up at noon today

Soprano Ailish Tynan will perform the work of Schubert at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

A focus on Schubert and Stephen Rea performing the work of Oscar Wilde are the main highlights, though the festival features few w(...)

David Kitt of New Jackson, who has soundtracked Wednesday, a short film about Dublin

Al Kennington and Albert Hooi’s slick short is a series of portraits of people who live and work in the city

 Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner: “Just because we have the internet, there is no God? That’s not how it really works. At the end of the day it’s not like were not going to die.” Photograph: Roger Kisby/Getty Images Portrait

Suicidal Tendencies, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamarr, Flying Lotus: Thundercat is a bass man with a stunning CV. But he's more than j(...)

Cillian Crosson, Aisling Crosson, Chloe Commins and Siobhan McGuire at Body and Soul in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Metronomy, Vitalic, Lambchop, Sleaford Mods and Optimo20 line up for summer solstice festival takes Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmea(...)

The roads in the nature reserve are  suitable only for 4x4 vehicles (off-roading is illegal without snow).

Track down geothermal springs, active volcanoes and waterfalls in a supersized jeep

A detail from The Taking of Christ by  Caravaggio, which is on  indefinite loan to the National Gallery of Ireland from the Jesuit Community. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery’s heavyweight exhibition collects 40 masterpieces by Caravaggio and those he influenced

The London MC burns with potential, with a live performance that’s equal parts charm and fire

The cast and production team of ‘Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli’ collecting their award at last year’s   event. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards has one public vote category. And now is your last chance to have your say

Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson in Dublin Oldschool

The writer’s latest short film, developed from a stage show, follows one girl’s journey through young motherhood

‘Look into my eyes. Watch the show. Tell your friends.’

The show returns to our TV screens and season five was its best yet. Here’s how the last episode left things

 Ella Daly, Nicholas Grene and Anna Walsh on stage at the Abbey Theatre, ahead of the announcement of the shortlists for the 2016 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Alan Betson

The award is part of this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The shortlists will be announced on Saturday

Choice nominees Rusangano Family: could this be the year when they show the prize that hip hop is boss? Photograph: Eric Luke

Lineup features Rusangano Family, All Tvvins and James Vincent McMorrow in a shortlist dominated by indie rock

Gang warfare: the Dancing with the Stars contestants

What time is it on, how does the format work, who is likely to win and who will go full Black Swan?

Anohni: delivered the most “heartbreaking protest album in years”.

Culture review 2016: Time travel seemed to be the dominant plot line, and you couldn't move without bumping into Roger Casement

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the National Gallery of Ireland, where he launched Creative Ireland, a major cross-governmental initiative and legacy project of Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, with Minister for the Arts  Heather Humphreys and Minister  for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Creative professionals are cautiously optimistic but wary of a branding exercise

As we head into the closing weekend of the Ticket Awards 2016, here are your favourites so far – and how they squared up against o(...)

Imelda May at Other Voices. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Title sponsors and a larger cultural offering mean that this is the year when the Dingle event stops being a small music-industry (...)

From left, Prof Chris Morash of TCD, Lynn Scarff, Science Gallery Dublin director, and Senator Lynn Ruane  in an installation by Elaine Hoey called  The Weight of Water at the Science Gallery programme launch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Next year’s exhibitions will look at artificial intelligence, and explore different ways our society could collapse

Vermiculation by sculptor Jason Ellis, who will discuss his exhibition ‘Old Anatomy’ at a lunchtime talk at Dublin’s Oliver Sears gallery on Friday

This weekend, 36 Dublin galleries open their doors with events, openings, talks and tours - and nearly everything is free

Leonard Cohen: “It’s au revoir ...  I’m running late, they’ll close the bar / I used to play one mean guitar”

Much like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen’s final album is filled with images and lyrics that show the end was in sight

Radiohead: sold out Dublin concert

Band play 3Arena days before headlining at Glastonbury festival

Björk portrait, taken at the the RBMA Montreal this week. Photograph: Santiago Felipe/Red Bull Content Pool

The Red Bull Music Academy touched down in Montreal this year and among the innovators putting the musicians through their paces w(...)

Justin Bieber performs at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas in May this year. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of his 3Arena double date

This early in the snow year it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking you’re more adventurous than you are.

When the slopes are pristine and the lifts are freshly polished Val Thorens is sublime

Lady Gaga performs on the Dive Bar tour this month to promote her new album Joanne. Photograph  Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Joanne, the new album by one of pop’s reigning queens, has a head full of big ideas fighting with a heart full of simpler charms

Whatever you’re having yourself:  Some retro advertising featuring at the  the Little Museum of Dublin exhibition

Little Museum of Dublin’s latest show reveals "a pre-internet Ireland, another world where men had unfeasibly thick heads of hair (...)

Ruth Fitzmaurice at Ladies’ Cove in Greystones, Co Wicklow

Fitzmaurice got the book deal after a series of articles in The Irish Times

A new tool makes playlists of festival line-ups, and makes a few bold claims

Plan to leave for your journey to Electric Picnic. Rosa Walsh (3) and Cillian Bowe (4) from Errill, Co Laois arrive in style last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Stradbally festival has a new traffic plan, based on what type of ticket you have. Here’s everything you need to know to make (...)

Stradbally fields forever: an aerial view of the Electric Picnic. Photograph: Sky Tec Ireland

There's more to the picnic than the main stage

 James Murphy from  LCD Soundsystem would like to cordially invite you to the Electric Picnic main stage at just after midnight on Saturday. Photograph: Estela Silva/EPA

Here’s the first stage times for the Main, Rankin’s Wood, Other Voices and Body and Soul stages. We'll have more for you tomorrow

 Aerial Footage of last year’s Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Inpho/Red Bull/Niall Bouzon

With one week to go, here’s a sneak preview of the Stradbally site so you can pick out your camping spot

David Bowie’s final album Blackstar has been nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Photograph: Larry Busacca/WireImage

Twelve acts are up for this year’s prize, which picks the best album by a UK or Irish act

Outside view of the Château de St Pierre de Serjac, in Puissalicon, France, run by Karl and Anita Hanlon

A short distance from Beziers, the Château St Pierre de Serjac offers great opulence and beauty

Stranger Things: a TV show that took shape in your childhood

The Off Topic podcast discusses media built on nostalgia, and the strange case of Marina Joyce

A bird’s eye view of Electric Picnic 2015 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Niall Bouzon/Inpho/Red Bull

The music and arts festival will also feature a closing parade through the Stradbally site on its Sunday night

The department will also look again at how to promote further investment in the cultural sector from businesses. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister Heather Humphreys to hold annual consultation day with arts community members

Kate Maher, Emma Keeley-Kawesha, Kenya Dempsey and Kevin Byrne at the Longitude Festival in Marlay Park, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Armenian chef’s hip-hop perfect tee-up for Kendrick Lamar after Chvrches disappoint

After BuzzFeed featured shots from Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2013, a member of her team asked that ‘unflattering photos’ be removed. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

A recent trend among stars is to restrict press photographers at concerts to control every aspect their image

Kendrick Lamar performs at the Orange Stage, Roskilde Festival. He’ll be showing Longitude who is boss on Friday evening.  Photograph: Simon Laessoee/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

Longitude takes over Marlay Park this weekend. Here’s all the details

A jogger passes a street vendor outside Croke Park, where Beyoncé is playing. Press photographers were not permitted to work at the concert. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Politics takes a back seat as spectacle rules the world during Beyoncé’s only Irish date on the Formation tour

Beyoncé onstage during the Formation World Tour at the Rose Bowl in May in  Pasadena, California. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage

What time is Beyoncé on at Croke Park? What tunes will she play? Is it sold out? Here’s what you need to know

I’ll take it: Daenerys makes her move in the season finale of Game of Thrones

A longer, final episode in season six puts the pieces in place for the last days of the Seven Kingdoms. Here’s what we learned

 Rory O’Neill (Ms Panti Bliss) being interviewed at the launch of “KnowNow”, a national free rapid HIV testing programme. His bar  is offering free HIV tests to patrons. Photograph: Eric Luke

Off Topic: Has the attack in Orlando shattered the sense of nigthclubs as a safe place for the LGBT community? And how much homoph(...)

Hip-hop of the very first order: Ho99o9, Midnight Circus, Friday, 9.45pm

Away from the obvious favourites, here’s our selection of insider tips for the weekend

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stephen Rea, Loudon Wainwright III and Christian Blackshaw are among the highlights

Action Bronson: peerless rapping chops paired with emotion

The Barcelona festival is an excellent primer for what’s coming to Ireland this summer and beyond. Here’s what we caught and where(...)

The  Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin. Conor Gallagher says that trials can often  become a “revictimisation for a lot of people and they find it absolutely horrendous”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Off Topic podcast: Sarah Maria Griffin, Roe McDermott and Conor Gallagher discuss what the Stanford case tells us about everyday s(...)

Thom Yorke on stage at Primavera Sound 2016 during their two-hour Friday night set. Photograph: EPA/Marta Perez

Radiohead deliver a masterclass in crowd control, before Kiasmos unload both electro barrels

LCD Soundsystem lead singer James Murphy performing on stage during the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

The three-day Barcelona festival also raises the bar with strong sets from Kamasi Washington and Floating Points

New York queer hip-hop artist Zebra Katz at the Halla Scoile. Photograph: Doreen Kilfeather

The Aran island culture festival blends its seamless mix of art and talks, food and music with the idyllic landscape

 Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during The River Tour at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain this week. Photo:  EPA/JP Gandul

From chance encounters in speedos and chats about Stillorgan bowling to playing support to the E Street Band, some of the Boss’s b(...)

RCSI president Declan Magee (right) , takes a close look at the sculpture “Random Access Memory V” by Remco de Fouw (centre) winner of the 2016 RCSI Art Award, with RHA president Mick O’Dea, at the presentation in the Royal Hibernian Academy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Remco de Fouw wins €5,000 and €10,000 commission for ‘Random Access Memory V’

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