City kayaking: Take advantage of the warm weather and contact these guys to paddle down the Liffey

Index: thumbs up for Biangbiang noodles in Galway; thumbs down for gourmet pizza

Once upon a time there were plans for the Grand Canal Dock area  to be a real neighbourhood, not the parallel universe that it is, operating at arms length from the rest of the city.  Photograph: Getty Images

Marketing Ireland and positioning Dublin as a location for investment is how Fine Gael views the nation and its capital

David Keogh and Josh Corcoran both from Rathfarnham enjoying the good weather at the 40 foot in Sandycove. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

What’s not: Grubby streets and wearing jumpsuits to festivals

Britain’s  lack of self-awareness and self-examination means poor negotiating skills, and an inability to see how its negotiating behaviour is being perceived.

Bradford city panel discussion hears of UK’s delusion and its denial of the death of empire

The vibrancy of Dublin nightlife and its high-concept restaurants and bars is forcing up costs for punters and developers.

Catherine Cleary and Una Mullally look at the real cost of the boom in Dublin's hospitality sector

What’s Hot: Aubrey O’Mahony, the Kildare model who is making his mark on the international stage

What’s not: Complaining about the heat and Insta jealousy

Iveagh Gardens was the second of two Alanis Morissette gigs in Ireland. Here she is performing in Cork on Wednesday night. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Review: The summer sun stretched out across Iveagh Gardens – just like 23 years ago

People take part in the Pride parade in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

None more gloriously cynical about creeping commercialisation than LGBT+ community

Caitlin Moran: “There are no good men leaders standing up, tribal elders going: ‘Young men: here’s another way’ ”

The journalist and author on our bad narrative of the 1990s and the need for men to stand up and fight for equality

Donug: an affront to common decency

Hot: Libraries will soon be open until 10pm every day. Not: self-service tills are killing chat

After saying no to remix cheques, DJ and producer Krystal Klear is on a creative streak

Exam time: Young people sacrifice a lot to do well in their State exams. They merit good examiners. Photograph:  Peter Thursfield

Exam may determine your life so State must maintain trustworthy marking

Gay pride: Leo Varadkar and (left) Frances Fitzgerald at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

25 years after homosexuality became legal, how do young LGBT people view it?

David Norris taking part in a  Gay Pride march

In 1982 there were three high-profile murders of gay men

A 200g avocado now costs €3.04 in New Zealand. Photograph: iStock

Frosé (frozen rosé) is in, millennial pink is mercifully out

Asylum seeker and activist Ellie Kisyombe still faces out-of-the-blue instructions to move from her accommodation, as she did recently. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We need to stand up once more and demand that direct provision be dismantled

“When Reykjavíkurdætur  started out, it was like an anarchist society.  Sometimes we were 26, sometimes we were seven,”  says Ragnhildur Jóhannsdóttir.  

Reykjavíkurdætur reject attempts to pigeon-hole their re-engineering of rap

Members of the public wait outside the Mansion House in Dublin to greet survivors of the Magdalene laundries. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

From the Magdalene laundries to illegal adoptions and psychiatric homes, it’s time to properly tackle the legacy of our culture of(...)

Evanne Ní Chuilinn and her father, Cathal Cullen: “We are probably both very loyal, strong willed and sensitive”

Three fathers and their children reflect on the value of their relationship and what it’s taught them about life

Emmet Kirwan on the set of Dublin Oldschool: “I keep going on about the socio-political elements, but it’s a bleedin’ comedy.”

Dublin Oldschool is set to be one of the biggest – and most important – Irish films of the year

A star is Born: Lady Gaga. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Body & Soul has great sounds – if only the Leap Card would follow suit

Floral tribute to Savita Halappanavar at the George Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Subset collective calls for new public art framework to allow licensing of murals

Notes and memories of Anthony Bourdain at the closed location of Brasserie Les Halles in New York. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Brilliant, honest chef’s death reminds us to take care of ourselves and mind others

Yrsa Daley-Ward: “I don’t know if I should be admitting this, but nothing I write is particularly crafted.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The poet talks about racist beauty standards, the joy and shame of religion, and the creative process

Balenciaga’s unfunny ‘T-shirt shirt’, £935

Nigeria’s jersey is the best kit of the World Cup; but doughnuts could go the way of the dodo

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds performing at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Patti Smith’s support performance is a poetic, urgent statement to the field of thousands

This movement created an energy that has changed people. Canvassers made new connections, exchanged ideas, got to know people in their communities, learned about grassroots activism, organising and fundraising. Photograph: Getty Images

The experience of participating in the political process and affecting positive change engages people on many levels

You need the umbrella, the togs, the wind breaker and don’t forget the chips on the way home. Photograph: iStock

Delicious, daring and downright useful ideas for making the best of our summer days

Forbidden Fruit festival: three days a music at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

What’s Not: Flip-flops in the street – for the beach or pool party only

‘Yes’ campaigners celebrate the official result of the abortion referendum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The victory belongs to everyone but any analysis that does not place at its centre the feminist, women-led movement is bereft

 Supporters gather at Dublin Castle to await the final results of the referendum to repeal the Eighth  amendment. Photograph:   Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

‘The fiction of Ireland as a conservative, dogmatically Catholic country has been shattered’

I look at the No campaign with sadness. What do they want to do with babies of forced pregnancies? What did we do with those babies before?

On Friday, do we want to blink in the sun or shiver in the shade?

Drop Everything: Inis Oirr’s contemporary cultural biennale happens next week

Drop everything for Inis Oírr’s culture festival, but steer clear of mohair

Chancery House – a Herbert Simms design is characterised by rounded corners, decorative brick elements, ornamental towers and other delights. Photograph: Tom Honan

Rush to notions of modernity by developers and politicians exposes people short of vision

Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way: the Vogue photographer David Mushegain has made U2’s new video

We’ve loads of time for U2’s new video, showcasing queer Dublin. But #TimesUp for R Kelly

John McGuirk of the Save the Eighth campaign said Google’s decision amounts to “foreign interference”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Photos

Reaction to Facebook and Google referendum ad ban is tactic straight out of Trump playbook

Alwright says he has moved from ‘me using the creative process to serve myself, to me using myself to serve it’. His new album ‘Hungry’ is both a manifestation and reflection of this change

The Dublin hip-hop artist fka Lethal Dialect takes a giant leap forward as Paul Alwright

Protect the 8th, whose website included this page, could not be reached for comment

Una Mullally: Protect the 8th and Undecided8 are ruthlessly targeting undecided voters

Hot: Ellen Page. Not: Snap Spectacles

Ellen Page in Tales of the City is on the up, Snap Spectacles get the cold shoulder

Yvonne Rainer: ‘In a way, dance reinvents the wheel. Each new generation that comes up is revelling in their own physicality and has to explore it all over again’

Yvonne Rainer’s choreography moved through ballet into a feminist way of thinking, establishing new fundamentals along the way

 Vicky and Jim Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, pictured leaving the Four Courts last week after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins

Opinion: Damage to confidence in screening service by the Vicky Phelan case is massive

Comedian and author  Tara Flynn was due with Emmet Kirwan, Elaine Feeney and Una Mullally to discuss an anthology about and issues around repealing the Eighth. However the event has been cancelled. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin City Council has cancelled literary event with theme of repeal of Eighth

Kieran McGuinness, Níal Conlan, Rónán Yourell and Ross McCormick of Delorentos.

New album True Surrender shows a band more interested in emotional precipices than the well-trodden path

For and against: Placards regarding the upcoming  referendum on the Eighth Amendment hanging  in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Media appears unable to interpret political movements formed outside traditional party structures

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson  with his solicitor Joe McVeigh: The announcement he would sue anyone who “sees fit to attack our client” was textbook Streisand Effect – where the attempt to censor or remove a piece of information from the public domain causes it to be publicised more widely. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Disgusting WhatsApp messages and antics have eroded public respect for sportsplayers

Stutterheim’s rainbow rain jacket will be sure to cheer you up in the drizzle

What’s not: Google’s terrifying amount of data on you and Christina Aguilera’s new look

Fiona King and Adam: It’s just so disheartening, so hurtful, to see that we’re putting in such a huge effort and vital things that the Government should be providing as their responsibility to look after these children in this way, they’re not doing it.”

Fiona King has been fighting a long and frustrating battle to get a desperately-needed wheelchair for her son Adam (3½), who suffe(...)

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell: discouraged young people from being involved in politics, while a public gallery full of teenagers looked on.

Independent senator out of step as young people help shape Ireland of tomorrow

Marchers express support for the complainant in the Belfast rape trial outside the GPO in Dublin this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

We need to put misogyny on trial. We need men to step up and challenge their own behaviour and the behaviour of their peers

 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg: he specialises in non-committal nothingness such as “I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated”.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Tech culture has taken normal words and repurposed them as a new form of jargon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett walk in the St Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Una Mullally: Varadkar’s St Patrick’s Day parading was in spite of diaspora’s dogmatism

‘There’s always that weird thing that the Irish mentality doesn’t really lend itself to hip-hop in the traditional sense of braggadocio. We’re very self-deprecating people.’ Photograph: George Voronov

Kevin Smith’s latest project shows his increasingly sophisticated approach to music

Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. “In pop culture terms, what was interesting about the 1990s was how subculture and edginess became completely mainstreamed.” Photograph: Time Life Pictures/DMI/Getty Images

Latter stages of 2010s are stuck in 1990s scattershot but edgy cultural collage

Oh My God – Aisling is coming to the big screen

Yes to Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling! becoming a movie, but no to DNA dating

Riot in New York: Panti and friends in Thisispopbaby’s at the NYU Skirball Center theatre. Photograph: Ian Douglas

Una Mullally goes behind the scenes at Thisispopbaby’s globetrotting show

It feels like tech is pretending to be impressive while repeating things we could already do

Sarah Schulman, the writer, novelist, Aids historian, screenwriter, playwright, college professor, and more.

Writer Sarah Schulman on the ‘gated-community mentality’ of generation gentrification

Janelle Monae: 2018’s pop queen

Pop queen Janelle Monae but not St Patty – it’s not a thing

St Peter’s in Rome: People talk about the moneymaking scheme of Scientology but that organisation is in the ha’penny place when it comes to raking in the dough. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Why aid wealthy Catholic Church when it already cost State €1.5bn in compensation?

Novelist Louise O’Neill pictured in Clonakilty, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Author Louise O’Neill on her new novel, getting used to fame and why living with her parents is a sanctuary

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Russian meddling allegations have added to the administration’s apocalyptic weirdness

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (l) carries a banner saying ‘Votes [for women]’

Black Panther and Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington are hot; Tarantino and dad sneakers are not

Derry City. One of the things that makes Derry Girls such a triumph is that it takes you by surprise. Photograph: Getty Images

For streaming services and traditional platforms, word of mouth just doesn’t travel fast enough

Love comes in many guises. It can start at birth, or can be for people we’ve never met. As Valentine's Day approaches we look at l(...)

A cherry red Tesla Roadster automobile floats through space after it was carried there by SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. Photograph: SpaceX/Handout/Reuters

It’s hard to cheer Musk’s big, cool, rocket, without thinking about how this wealth and power is being consolidated in the hands o(...)

Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was murdered in the west Cork town of Schull in 1996. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland is all too familiar with the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case, but Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde’s podcast puts a new perspe(...)

The spiral staircase at the Vatican. ‘The Vatican is undercutting all of those poor commentators who were hoping to gain some social currency in pretending to be marginalised.’

The bizarre row undercuts Catholic claims to victimhood and of a lack of free speech

Producer Adam Fogarty and rapper Karl Mangan, aka Mango & Mathman: “We know that this is going to be a big year. We want to do it right, we want to do it down to precision.”

‘Dubs say the maddest s**t’ – up-and-coming grime and rap duo Mango & MathMan use their working-class roots and Dublin slang as a (...)

The Dorchester Hotel in London, where the men-only Presidents Club charity dinner took place. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

Teaching women how to avoid predatory behaviour fails to address the core issue

Sinéad Kissane: "People always say 'you must be looking forward to the Six Nations’, but I’m not getting too far ahead. I know the hard work that has to go into it"

As TV3 prepares to host the Six Nations for the first time, its new rugby correspondent is ready for the challenge

If Micheál Martin changed his mind on the issue of abortion – who else will?  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Micheál Martin’s support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment is already being described as a key moment in the campaign

'Shy but wild': Dolores O’Riordan in 2007. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Contemporaries remember the quiet school girl who became ‘Limerick's superstar’

Saoirse Ronan: one of only three women to be nominated for the best actress Ifta. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Ifta nominations reveal still too few women involved in Irish film and TV industry

Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 7, 2018. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC

Her Golden Globe speech encapsulated the direction a much broader resistance to Trump needs to take

It’s time to talk about how rent increases are decisions made by individuals, and to address the role of the landlord in exacerbating the rental crisis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As greed forces rents ever-upwards, the Government works off fictional sets of data

Sparkles is an elf from Elphin, Co Roscommon

Ten writers play a game of pass the baton to create a Christmas mystery about an elf from Elphin and a magic crystal

Undated handout image taken from a video released by the Defence Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. It is a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an unknown object. UFOs have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. (U.S. Department of Defence via The New York Times)

It makes sense then that aliens are back on the agenda, at a time of great existential turmoil with people searching for answers o(...)

A new report predicts that the housing crisis will be the news story of 2018. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Young people in Ireland have opportunity to emulate counterparts in Britain and US

For all the publicans who are banning  the 12 Pubs revellers, we salute you. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Yes to publicans banning the 12 Pubs revellers, but no to abstract Christmas trees

DJ Annie Mac and Other Voices founder Philip King

In conversation: DJ Annie Mac and Other Voices founder Philip King

Scuffles during an anti-abortion rally on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin in 1992. Photograph: Jack McManus

Media has a role to play in constructing a civilised, honest, open, fact-based, and respectful debate

'LGBTI+ young people’s demands are quite simple. They’re about inclusion and respect.'

Life is improving for queer young people, but the fear, shame and worry have not gone away

Norwegian singer Sigrid at Other Voices.

Hundreds of informal ties bind the festival together. So how do you make it bigger without snapping them?

Sigrid in St James’s Church for Other Voices

Dingle shindig improves even as it expands; highlights were Sigrid and Perfume Genius

Subset’s  image of Donald Trump  in  Andrew’s Lane, Dublin. His baseball cap reads  “Make Dublin grey again”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Street art moves quickly, local government in Ireland moves slowly

“We are told that technology and algorithms are somehow exempt from human flaws, are clinically unbiased and coldly fair. But that is not so.”

Unconscious prejudice pervades even the most conscientiously-constructed algorithms

George Clooney will return to television with a role in the new adaptation of Catch 22. Photograph: Getty

We’re glad to have George Clooney back on TV but sad to see Gerard Fleming go

A domino was tipped when Leo Varadkar said we have a relatively low rate of homelessness compared with our “peer countries”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is a mistake to try and minimise a problem that the public can see growing worse

Louis CK: at the centre of disgusting allegations. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/File Photo/Reuters

Plus: say hello to edible flowers; and boo to longwinded Twitter

Ellie Kisyombe direct provision activist and the co-founder of Our Table at a  United Against Racism rally and march last year calling for the end to the  Direct Provision System. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

We do not have to wait for a catastrophic story about an individual in direct provision. We know the system exists, and we know th(...)

Places such as the Kylemore on O’Connell Street meant something and felt of the city.

Isn’t it funny the things we can recall from so long ago? It’s because they mean something in their own odd ways

Beyonce and Donald Glover are enough to make us interested in the upcoming remake of ‘The Lion King’.

We’re wild for the light show in Dublin Zoo, but a bit worried about people in Longford

IBundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw take part in the Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

There has been no similar discussion in Ireland regarding the upcoming debut of Irishman Ian McKinley for Italy’s rugby team

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters in California last week. Photograph: Facebook

Tech giants operate with dichotomy of total control and hands-off attitude

Maria Doyle-Kennedy: Last meal on death row? I’d go straight to the liquor, skip the food

Two To Talk: Maria Doyle-Kennedy and Sinead Gleeson in conversation about writers, music, film and the meaning of life

Dublin street signs compare unfavourably to those in Paris, which often tell you who or what they are named after. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We must stop treating our cities as glorified car parks and focus more on quality streets

Maybe creepy guys thought silences would protect them forever. But the silence only existed in their orbits. Elsewhere, among women, there was noise. Women talk.  Illustration:  Dearbhla Kelly.

Women have moved from mutual alert codes to calling out abusers in the public realm

Philip Boucher-Hayes: ‘I didn’t suddenly become 10 times more interesting between the end of August and the beginning of September’

Broadcaster Philip Boucher-Hayes is one of several high-profile users targeted by Twitter bots

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