It was only 17 days ago that Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn    said that Electric Picnic would go ahead in early September. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

One of the many unexpected side-effects of the Covid-19 crisis is that I now know far more than I ever wanted or needed to about the inner thoughts of(...)

Underworld vocalist Karl Hyde: performing at Forbidden Fruit 2020. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Jorja Smith, Underworld and Hot Chip are among the headline acts that have been announced for the 2020 Forbidden Fruit Festival in the ground of Royal(...)

The variety in question was the well-named “Jazz”, a relatively modern one, from the 1980s

Among the delights in my local SuperValu of late are something labelled “Seasonal Apples”. I was at first pleased to see this, if also surprised, sinc(...)

Karen Ward (left) who received open heart surgery 6 months ago and  her daughter Kim Ward, from Carrikmacross in Co  Monaghan who ran the Marathon  for the Irish Heart Foundation. Photograph:  Collins

Liz Collins is a seasoned mini-marathon participant. Every year since the birth of her daughter, she has joined thousands of women in running the 10km(...)

Madness: doing their own end-of-pier show in Dún Laoghaire on Saturday

Saturday 1 Madness, Lightning Seeds and Something Happens Dún Laoghaire Pier, Co Dublin; ticketmaster.ie It’s all fun and games in Dún Laoghaire(...)

A site to behold: Forbidden Fruit. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Forbidden Fruit returns for its ninth run next weekend. Time flies and all of that, but almost 10 years? Surely not?  Dublin’s first city centre(...)

Forbidden fruit: the music festival takes over Royal Hospital Kilmainham this weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

DUBLIN Bloom Phoenix Park, Dublin 8; until Monday, June 3; bloominthepark.com Ireland’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, Bord Bia’s annual extravag(...)

Stormzy (left), Westlife (top centre), Spice Girls (middle centre), Cardi B (bottom centre) and Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters (right) are just a few of the acts stepping onto a stage in Ireland this summer. Photographs: Ian West/PA Wire, Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press, Mike Blake/Reuters

It’s time to air out your mouldy tent that’s shoved on top of your wardrobe and to hose down your crusty, mucky wellies that live under your bed. You (...)

Theatrum Biblicum by Johann Fischen (circa 1650): Adam and Eve were children in paradise. It is only in breaking the bond with parents  the child can become an adult.

Ever since science disproved the factual accuracy of the Jewish scriptures, the stories contained in them have been largely ignored. This is true of t(...)

Franc Moody pull on the Marigolds

What Disco funk-pop bops Where London Why Despite the intentions of Disco Demolition Night, disco never really went away. The genre’s grooves morphed (...)

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