On Wednesday, Pat Kenny discusses teenage sex in occasionally alarming detail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A minor squall in teacup blows up this week, with howls of exasperation from those wary of the creeping “nanny state”. A proposed new law would fine (...)

Eunice Adeleye was born in Ireland to Nigerian parents in 2007. In school her favourite subject is maths. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and Kim Haughton’s project Portrait of a Century is genius in both its simplicity and impact. The Irish pho(...)

The Belfast singer-songwriter returns to the recording studio after a lengthy absence with a genteel collection of original and traditional songs. The(...)

Luggala, Co Wicklow: it was offered officially for sale by the trustees of Barbican International Corporation, a Guernsey-based Guinness family trust

Minister of State Michael Ring has appealed to the Guinness family to donate its ancestral home of Luggala Lodge and lands in Co Wicklow to the State(...)

Garech Browne became custodian of Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow after his mother Oonagh Guinness’s death in 1970. Photographs: Neil Gavin, Walter Pfeiffer

The Guinness trust behind the sale of the €28 million Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow has indicated it will consider offers for the 5,000-acre property t(...)

John Montague and his wife  Elizabeth Wassell  at home in west Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Montague, the great Ulster poet and first Ireland Professor of Poetry, who has just died in his beloved France, will be mourned by everyone who u(...)

John Montague who has died at the age of 87

The President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to the poet, John Montague, who has died in France, aged 87. He died early on Saturday morning in th(...)

Singers’ legacies can be vulnerable to the vicissitudes of recording conditions, particularly in the live setting. Frank Harte’s reach was welcoming a(...)

Buskers in Dublin will no longer be allowed to use backing tracks when they play on the capital’s streets, following a vote by councillors. File photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Bogdan Rusin, a classical violinist who regularly performs by the Molly Malone Statue on Dublin’s Suffolk Street, is enraged by Dublin City Council’s (...)

Mary McPartlan: “My own deepest quest is African-American music. I’m still on that journey.” Photograph: Aengus McMahon/MCM

Songs have passports all of their own, and our traditional song store has travelled widely. It has crossed the Atlantic and evolved in the belly of(...)

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