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Electric Picnic 2020: Zack de la Rocha and Rage Against the Machine play Stradbally on September 4th. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty

Electric Picnic has announced Rage Against the Machine as the first headline act at this year’s festival. The political rap-rockers, who are playing (...)

The Electric Picnic in 2020 will take place from September 4th to 6th at Stradbally which has been its home since the beginning of the festival in 2004 when the first festival had a capacity of 10,000. Photograph: aerial.ie

The Electric Picnic capacity for next year’s festival will be increased to 70,000 making it one of the biggest music festivals ever held in Ireland. (...)

Snow in Athy, Co Kildare today. Photograph: Jerry Carbery

Snow and sleet caused difficult road conditions for evening commuters in the midlands on Wednesday amid the first fall of the winter. AA Roadwatch a(...)

Patrick Ramsbottom fired a warning shot at a man who had disturbed their plans to sabotage the railway link between Waterford and Dublin in order to prevent troop reinforcements arriving from Rosslare. Image: Military Service Pensions Collection

County: Laois Incident: A shooting at Colt Wood, Portlaoise Date: Easter Sunday, 1916 The man generally credited with firing the first shot of the Ea(...)

Among other incidents at the festival, a man was arrested for holding an offence weapon while leaving the car park. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Two people were taken to hospital in a critical condition at the weekend because of drug and alcohol use during the Electric Picnic music festival, ga(...)

The Stradbally Woodland Railway in Co Laois  celebrates 50 years  at this year’s 55th annual National Steam Rally in Stradbally. Photograph: Kieran Marshall

I first laid eyes on the Stradbally Woodland Railway in the mid-1990s. At two and a half years old, my parents brought me to the annual national steam(...)

Versatile: tickets will sell quickly for their gig at 3Arena in November

Dublin rap duo Versatile will play in the 3Arena on November 30th, it has been announced. The group, made up of Casey “Casper” Walsh and Alex “Eskimo(...)

Hook Head Lighthouse has been a guiding light to ships off these shores for almost 800 years, and their events calendar is worth keeping an eye on. Look out for the arrow ceremony.

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum Ballynacragga North, Co Limerick; adult €12, child €6 (under-fives free); flyingboatmuseum.com(...)

Brothers and sisters John Paul, Ann-Marie, Bridget(wife), Mary Theresa, and Thomas Delaney, all relatives of William Delaney can be seen close to the rock of Dunamase in Co Laois. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

A teenage girl arrested in connection with the murder of a father of eight living in Portlaoise has been released without charge, gardaí said. The g(...)

“Kids like to get up early and to stay up late, which can make the festival day really long. So we were conscious that we could try and structure the day around the rhythm of a typical family day.”  Photograph: Anna Kerslake

I was 18 when I went to my first music festival, the tickets to the short-lived Oxygen sessions a gift to mark my ascension to adulthood. As a festiva(...)

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