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All the Van Halens: Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

Let’s pretend there was a bit of fuss about Billie Eilish not having heard of Van Halen. That’s not really so. But it suits us to say so. Not least be(...)

 Johnny Marr at the Academy in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Johnny Marr has dismissed rumours of a Smiths reunion after a fan asked for clarification about a rumoured 2020 tour. The rumour, posted on the forum (...)

China’s move to boost bank lending outweighed data showing slower-than-expected US job growth. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

European markets extended gains for a third day on Friday, as China’s move to boost bank lending outweighed data showing slower-than-expected US job g(...)

In the United States a rise in technology stocks lifted Wall Street.  Photograph: EPA

Irish stocks outperformed European peers yesterday as markets globally rallied on hopes of a resolution to a trade dispute between the US and China. (...)

Bernard Sumner: ‘I was 17 and worked in a general office, thinking, ‘Jesus, to quote a Peggy Lee song, is this all there is?’. Photograph: Warren Jackson

It’s been a disappointing summer, but the sun is shining and New Order are back in town. Speaking of sunshine, their singer, Bernard Sumner, in his 20(...)

Roscommon defender Conor Daly in action against Galway during the league. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Five Dalys will start Sunday’s Connacht final, from two different families and five sets of brothers across the two teams. They are among 165 bro(...)

President Michael D Higgins chats with singer Jack L at the unveiling of a plaque for Leonard Cohen in Athy. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Songwriter and musician Leonard Cohen worked with the Athy writer John McKenna on a requiem, Between Your Love and Mine, signing off on the final draf(...)

In the End is a smart and stylish farewell for The  Cranberries

Thirty years ago in Limerick city, brothers Noel and Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawlor, auditioned a young singer from Ballybricken(...)

Philip Lynch: “A few months ago, after years of listening to CDs, I finally got around to buying a second-hand record player”

Here in Tasmania where vast tracts of our fragile wilderness have been razed by this summer’s devastating bushfires, rainfall is still a stingy affair(...)

Carpetright is implementing a survival plan after negotiations with creditors in the past year. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Struggling UK flooring retailer Carpetright said on Tuesday its chief financial officer Neil Page would retire this month after more than a decade in (...)

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