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Once upon a time, you’d be prepared to listen to hours of crap on the radio in the hope of hearing that one song you liked. You’d save up to buy a Clash album and listen to it obsessively.

Music brings people together, but even more enjoyably, separates them. When I was younger, I could ruthlessly judge you by sifting through your record(...)

Sharon Jones (centre) with the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones died on November 18th, 2016 and the world became a few shades less funky. Jones had the kind of voice that could instantly warm your bloo(...)

More than a couple of years ago, I packed my bags and headed off to university in Dublin. Weekend visits back to Mayo saw me raiding my brother’s tape(...)

Ollie West in Dead Centre’s Hamnet.  Photograph:  Gianmarco Bresadola

Hamnet Peacock Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Who haunted Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet? A play so steeped in death, full of demanding fathers, hapless son(...)

There’s something indescribably moving about watching grown men – at least one of whom has tried to cut another man in half – wail and sob

The SXSW documentary competition winner is a fascinating chronicle of catharsis. Every year Folsom Prison, the maximum security institute immortalised(...)

Graceland: Elvis is buried in the garden, making the house a pilgrimage for fans of rock’n’roll

There’s a pretty little thing Waiting for the King Down in the Jungle Room It’s 40 years this month since Elvis Presley last entertained pretty littl(...)

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland t(...)

The band’s lavish Popmart tour in Vegas in 1997. Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Reuters

Through a fair chunk of the 1990s and 2000s, The Joshua Tree was perceived as the embodiment of everything toe-curling about U2: it was earnest, preac(...)

Doctors must be aware of the Leicester City scenario: Leicester City won the English Premier League in 2016. They were a 5,000 to 1 shot, so the unexpected really can happen. Photo: Tim Keeton/EPA

And, breathe again. For Leicester City the dream did not so much die at the King Power Stadium as bleed away, at first quietly before expiring in a de(...)

Star turn: Michelle Mulherin performs  at a fundraiser for Ballina Rugby Club. Photograph: Facebook

This one was serious. Evidence of “grave mistakes and wrongdoings” had surfaced in An Garda Síochána. The boss wanted it sorted and quickly. The reput(...)

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