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

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

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