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The 1980s in Irish music tend to be eulogised retrospectively as chiefly about U2 and Sinéad O’Connor. Dublin venues were reportedly thronged with hor(...)

While you may already be familiar with taking pictures of your food in restaurants, you will now have to get used to taking some of your receipts to claim back tax under the Government’s Stay and Spend Scheme. Photograph: iStock.

Is the Government going to pay people to go on holidays? No, it is not. However, it is offering to give people a tax credit of more than €100 if they(...)

Aaron Brady when he was living and working in the USA.

Propped on a stool drinking cider at the bar of the Coachman’s Inn on New York’s Katonah Avenue in the Bronx in 2014, Aaron Brady thought back to the (...)

Annie Birney and Eoin Boyle  were selected out of 42,000 applicants for a once-in-a-lifetime job on the Great Blasket Island. Photograph: Noel Sweeney

It’s been a year of opposing fortunes for Dublin couple Annie Birney and Eoin Boyle. First, they were selected out of 42,000 applicants for a once-in-(...)

Fr Ray Kelly with pro dancer Kylee Vincent.  Photo Credit: Kyran O’Brien Photography

Sweaty palms, racing pulses, melting heats. Either it’s the first meeting of a new Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition or we’ve reached Valentine’s Week o(...)

Billie Eilish: the singer coaxes her inner Shirley Bassey to the surface on a slow stomper that throws side-eye at the Goldfinger theme

Valentine’s in an Irish restaurant: ‘Some couples barely speak to one another. Most don’t tip’: Restaurateurs share trade secrets of the ‘worst night (...)

On February 14th, restaurant staff place bets on who will storm out first from a St Valentine’s date

It’s Elaine Murphy’s go-to St Valentine’s joke. “So table for three, yeah?” she’ll say when a vaguely desperate (typically male) diner rings looking f(...)

Thirty-nine per cent of women aged 18-29 in Ireland have experienced abuse by a boyfriend or partner. Photograph: iStock

Women’s Aid is marking Valentine’s Day 2020 by launching a campaign to raise awareness of the “darker side of relationships” and urging women in abusi(...)

At this time of year, pink  often loses out to its blowsier sibling, red. But a good pink will brighten every skin tone

Valentine’s Day isn’t a thing, but you don’t need me to tell you that. If you examine your conscience, a great and terrible truth will emerge – Valent(...)

The video, which lasts for just under two minutes, features the Taoiseach seated on what might be a bar stool in what looks like heaven’s waiting room answering questions.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar or his handlers hoped the video just released – or dropped – on Twitter in which he answers what he says are the most fr(...)

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