Alarm clocks: get your phone out of the bedroom. Photograph: iStock

We're liking compostable bags in supermarkets and no-nonsense boots, but finding beige a bit... well, beige

In May 1969 St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, was causing a stir. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

When pressed, the priests-to-be admit that one day there could be a scandal

Colin Stafford-Johnson has worked on wildlife productions for networks including RTÉ and the BBC

Lessons Learned: Colin Stafford-Johnson is an award-winning nature cameraman

WeWork chief executive Adam Neumann: a visionary, an operator and an innovator, as well as a community and culture creator, according to the office-rental company. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

WeWork IPO campaign exemplifies sector’s delusionally grandiose nebulousness

The Irish Times article on April 28th, 1943.

From the Archive: ‘Little girls stood at the windows of the burning building crying to be taken out’

Bryan O’Sullivan and his husband, James O’Neill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bryan O’Sullivan and James O’Neill’s projects include Ballynahinch Castle, where they recently wed

The beloved giant 3D squirrel on Tara Street in Dublin is no more. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Phone-box defibrillators are welcome on our streets, but we miss the art that’s removed

An original Fine Gael “Blueshirt” being prepared for auction in Dublin in 2007. Note “Fine Gael” badge on shirt at top right. “Fine Gael might not be on the same march as the American right wing, but we are existing at a moment where the danger of the rise of the right is acute.”  File photograph: PA Wire

We are existing at a moment where danger of the rise of the right is acute

Stranger Things: disappointing third season

Yes to George RR Martin visiting the IFI, but no to the underwhelming third season of Stranger Things

Mary Rusell began: ‘For the millions of emigrants who have settled elsewhere, home is a Celtic nirvana – frozen in a time warp of nostalgia.’

From the archive: What did returning emigrants make of Ireland in 1989?

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan sent a letter to her constituents, saying she had successfully intervened to prevent a ‘methadone clinic’ being developed at Ballinteer Health Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Declaring a victory over denying people healthcare is grotesque

Aisling Bea in This Way Up. Photograph: Adam Lawrence/Channel 4

She’s known for her fizzy wit, but loneliness pervades the comedian’s moving new series

The Mother Family, from left: Phil Boyle, Ruth Kavanagh, Lisa Connell, Cormac Cashman and Rocky T Delgado.

The two-day bash at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham promises a line-up that is really fun, really queer and really female-led

Kevin Barry’s novel Night Boat to Tangier has been longlisted for the Booker. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Yes to Kevin Barry's novel getting longlisted for the Booker but no to the new ‘diet’ Dairy Milk

Love Island contestant Maura Higgins. Photograph: Facebook

Study tracks cognitive and political consequences of exposure to tabloid television

By February 1986, it was clear that Ryanair was going to continue to grow. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

From the archive : ‘ Point to point, in comfort, for less’, read one

Taylor Swift in the trailer for the movie Cats

We love the Dublin Fringe Festival programme, but are tired of FaceApp pics of people looking old

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Just like Trump, Johnson's rise to high office is symptomatic of a wider malaise

 Dublin Flea Market  at Newmarket Square back in 2015. It was an exercise in community, creativity, entrepreneurship, friendship and fun. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Capital’s character is being killed by council of enforcement not facilitation

Saoirse Ronan on the cover of The Irish Times Magazine in September 2007.

The 25-year-old actor preserves all the wit, smarts, and decorum she displayed a decade previously

Annie Mac DJing at the Lost and Found festival, Malta. Photograph: Luke Dyson

Irish DJ is an architect of popular music, yet she is almost chronically down to earth

Head to Bray, Co Wicklow, this weekend for a chicken wing festival

A chicken-wing festival and Zara’s polka-dot dress are up, plastic on veggies is down

Shirley Manson of Garbage on stage at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Photograph:  Kieran Frost/Redferns

Review: 24 years after the multi-million-selling albums, Shirley Manson’s voice is note-perfect

Noel Whelan:  understood that a social revolution was happening in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

LGBT community will never forget support from straight man full of empathy and vision

As the summer football season heats up, let’s take a trip back to 1914 for the 27th All-Ireland Final

kd lang: ‘I never felt like I was misrepresenting my true nature.’ Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

Singer kd lang on the impact of her breakthrough Ingénue 25 years on, being thrust into the spotlight and being a totem of LGBT cu(...)

Why are bars and events still using plastic glasses over compostable alternatives?

A Donegal cookbook is up, pricey Chinese food and plastic cups at festivals are down

An X-ray of a hand. Allianz Ireland reported 48 cases of suspected fraud to the Garda since June 2018, out of 5,000 claims. Photograph: Thomas Peter

If fraud is so rampant, why is the industry not reporting cases to gardaí?

Tyrone Guthrie: eventually made a full recovery from the hatchet job

Guthrie’s production of Hamlet was slated in The Irish Times in June 1950

Eating octopus: The more we learn about their intelligence, the less ethical cooking them is. Photograph: iStock

Tree-free toilet paper and the Galway Film Fleadh are up, eating octopus is down

 Maggie Nelson: The fact that so many writers cite her as an eye-opening inspiration pleases her greatly

Nelson’s empathy and the beauty of her unpredictable, compelling writing is a salve

Janelle Monáe: a tailspin of choreography and energy Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Review: Monáe is as inventive as she is exhilarating at her Trinity College concert

From the archive: The Great Depression didn’t stop diaspora posting parcels to their families

The LGBTQ community takes over the capital this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin Pride is up, wizard-themed cocktails and jargon job titles are down

Drone company Manna has announced it is partnering with Flipdish  with a view to fast-food drone delivery by the end of the year in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Workers will be crushed, clinging to the most precarious jobs

By 2007, journalists were already writing about privacy concerns surrounding Facebook. Photograph: iStock

From the archive: Attacks in Alabama started as a joke that got out of control

The success of the  Chernobyl mini series has driven up the number of tourists wanting to see the plant and the ghostly abandoned town of Prypyat. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Vegan sandwiches and Vietnamese coffee are up, Chernobyl selfies and sports sunglasses are down

The Euro Pride 2019 parade which took place in Vienna on Saturday. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Discussions around Pride are now similar to those about Christmas

Varadkar’s letter about Bertie Ahern’s cabinet, aged 18

From the archive: Tone provides insight into future taoiseach’s development as a political animal

Brilliant: the Chernobyl series

Yes to Craig Mazin’s Chernobyl podcast but no to Trump’s Irish visit

Christopher Fettes, received a roll of honour  during the Green Party annual convention in Waterford in 2010. File Photograp: Dara Mac Dónaill

From the archive: Christopher Fettes advocated for vegetarianism, a basic wage, and against pollution

Teva sandals

Nerdy sandals and neon are up, election posters and manual cars are down

The most obnoxious proposal for Phoenix Park is to build large carparks, no matter what kind of language you shroud it in. Photograph: James Forde

Our capital must not be sacrificed as a brand catering to tourists and transient visitors

From the archive: The public was superficially informed about what was going on behind closed doors

Saoirse McHugh. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

Forbidden Fruit after-parties are up, Moby and in-flight wifi are down

I have wondered what kind of week Maria Bailey is really having. I’m not sure how someone could cope under such a relentless media pile on

Wincing at Theresa May crying doesn’t make you a Tory, it makes you human

SO image Una oped 27/05/2019

Women, young people and serious candidates with some big ideas connected

Violet Gibson, daughter of the first Lord Ashbourne, of Co Meath, who wounded Signor Mussolini with a revolver in Rome.

The Times We Lived In: Published Thursday, April 8th, 1926

Andrew Scott, who played the role of the ‘hot priest’ in season two of Fleabag, will star in the new series of Black Mirror. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty

Andrew Scott and the Dublin Flea are up, smoothies and podcast ramblers are down

There was a broad range of age groups at the Raise the Roof housing protest in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

The solutions to this crisis are staring Fine Gael in the face. Build more social housing. Build more affordable homes

The Times We Lived In: Published Thursday, September 9th, 1971 

Olivia Wilde has made her directorial debut with Booksmart. Photograph: Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Olivia Wilde, with her directorial debut, is up; the Eurovision is down

Carnations left in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, representing the approximately 3,000 abortions carried out in the US every day. Anti-abortion groups have targeted the landmark Roe v Wade decision of 46 years ago. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

In the US, women’s right to choose is under threat as anti-abortion groups gain power

Panti Bliss in Thisispopbaby’s Riot globetrotting cabaret show. Photograph: Ian Douglas

Two new productions mirror disturbances at the Abbey over The Playboy in 1907

Doireann Garrihy is set to co-present 2fm’s new breakfast show with Eoghan McDermott. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Oversized raincoats and 2fm are up; co-living buildings are down

“Figures such as Nigel Farage delight in debasing political rhetoric, in gaslighting, in lying.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

People need to take action to halt rise of right with Brexit party likely to top poll

The rooftops of  Drumcondra. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Corporation cleaned the city streets by sweeping mud from the road into ‘long ridges’

Mocktails: Would be great if the price could match the low alcohol content. Photograph: iStock

White jeans and fraudertainment are up, scissors as cutlery and dear mocktails are down

As tech hyperbole increasingly intersects with New Age thinking, a dose of reality may spoil the party.

Theranos scandal proves that tech start-ups must be exposed to tight peer review

Queen Victoria: the longest-serving British monarch until Queen Elizabeth II

The Irish Times’s usual reserved style went out the window for the queen’s visit in 1900

Cafes are still piling on the whipped cream and sugar accessories for desserts made purely for Instagram. Photograph: iStock

Recyclable trainers and mezcal are up, headbands and overdone desserts are down

Frank Tate in his Dublin workshop. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Frank Tate has made instruments for Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran and Donal Lunny

Graffiti amended to read “IRA are done. Defeated Army” instead of “IRA undefeated Army” in the Creggan area of Derry in Northern Ireland.  Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP

Lyra McKee is a post-Troubles role model for optimism, integrity and goodness

The headline on the report by Alison O’Connor about an earthquake in Clonmany, Co Donegal, in 1994.

From the archives: Leannan fault line travels down through Lough Foyle and Donegal Bay

Beyoncé documentary: watch it on repeat. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella

Beyoncé and Spätzle are up, Bret Easton Ellis and ankle bracelets are down

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

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

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

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

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

A lot of ups and downs

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

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

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

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

Vogue Williams: back and tanned

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

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

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