The Raincoats can be seen on screen at Black Box, Belfast on Saturday

Saturday January 12 THE BIG GIG Tramline, Dublin 8pm €12 firstfortnight.ie One of the major sections of the First Fortnight Festival is the “Big Gig”(...)

Dublin Bowie Festival

Saturday, January 5th Out to Lunch Festival Various venues/times ticket prices at cqaf.com Once again, Belfast’s Out to Lunch Festival positions it(...)

Gerard Prendergast with his two sons.

Once again the list of contenders exceeded expectations. Year on year, without fail. The one annual sporting award which recognises the unrecognised, (...)

With more than 90 per cent of the population using smartphones, people are more likely to turn to technology for help for mental health problems.

“Don’t worry, be Appy” was the catchy title of a panel discussion on the growing phenomenon of mental health apps during this year’s First Fortnight f(...)

The Rusangano Family feature at First Fortnight Big Gig at Tramline.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Saturday Jan 13 The Redneck Manifesto Whelan’s Dublin 8pm €20 (sold out) whelanslive.com They were once a revered regular act on the more fringe ar(...)

The Friday Night Effect, by Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan,  will be performed as part of First Fortnight festival. Photograph: Hildegard Ryan

Lunatic, There I Go Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Ends Jan 6 8.15pm €15/€12 firstfortnight.ie In 1944, a 19-year-old woman named Hanna Greally was a(...)

Homestead: Ivor Browne at Rathronan, in Co Wexford. Photograph: Alan Gilsenan

When William Ivory Browne was a boy he would take the train from Dublin to spend holidays with his aunts Kathleen and Maisie at Rathronan Castle, the (...)

“I have an interest in working with young people and how they see the world,” says playwright Stefanie Preissner, who suffers from depression.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The use of social media by young people will be under the spotlight at First Fortnight, the mental health arts festival that continues until Januar(...)

Foam happy face clouds take to the sky on St Stephen’s Green  for the launch of First Fortnight 2014, which runs today to January 16th. Photograph: David Sleator

You might be familiar with the experience of seeing a face in the clouds, but artist Stuart Semple upped the ante when he set about creating clouds(...)

Sensory healing

If the thought of seeing large clouds in the form of smiley faces floating over the city spires appeals to your inner child – or your outer adult, for(...)