‘We have now run out of time,’ the festival said in a statement. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns

The team behind Electric Picnic has announced the cancellation of this year’s festival. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the festival, which takes place(...)

Music fans at the Electric Picnic festival in 2017: It is clear that, as far as many in the Government are concerned, Irish culture begins and ends at Croke Park. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Here’s your 2021 Electric Picnic checklist. One tent, one portable phone charger, multipack of baby wipes, one statutory instrument extending the Covi(...)

The crowd at the Main Stage at Electric Picnic on the Sunday night of the 2018 festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The organisers of Electric Picnic have made a final plea to the Government for the music festival to be allowed to proceed this year. Festival Repub(...)

It is understood that members of Nphet believe that somewhere between 85 to 90 per cent of over-16s will need to be fully vaccinated before any widespread easing of restrictions can be recommended. Photograph: iStock

The vast majority of people over the age of 16 would have to be vaccinated before the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) considers a more (...)

Electric Picnic  2019: Laois County Council again ruled out this year’s event

There were mixed messages from Government on Wednesday night on whether or not the Electric Picnic festival could still go ahead in the autumn. Organ(...)

The festival, which featured Foals and Gorillaz, asked all ticket-holders aged 11 and over to demonstrate their Covid-19 status through the NHS Covid app before entering. Photograph: Darina Stoda/Boardmasters/PA Wire

Almost 5,000 Covid-19 cases have been linked to the music and surfing festival Boardmasters, which took place in Cornwall this month. Health official(...)

The crowd for Bonnie Tyler who played on at Electric Picnic in 2019. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The organisers of Electric Picnic have called on the Government to issue new re-opening guidelines, after it was refused a licence to hold this year’s(...)

Restored in 2017, Market House in Stradbally, Co Laois, got a new lease of life when a Friday farmers market  commenced – in the middle of a pandemic. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Anyone who has ever driven through the Laois town of Stradbally will be familiar with the rust-coloured canopy of the Market House in the town’s squar(...)

Dunne had pleaded guilty at an earlier sitting of Tullamore Circuit Criminal Court to a sample count of harassing his 35-year-old neighbour via anonymous text messages on dates between June 2016 and October 2018. File photograph: Collins Courts

A Co Laois man who admitted sending a large volume of lewd, sexual text messages to a female neighbour over a two-year period has been told he must mo(...)

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan: “Local authorities have a hugely important role to play in addressing the biodiversity crisis.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Increased funding has been allocated for local authorities for projects which tackle invasive alien species or enhance biodiversity. An extra €1.35 (...)

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