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‘Is it always this crowded? It’s a disgrace,’ says Pink Jumper, making a show of rummaging in her bag, while the ticket inspector waits. ‘You’d really want to put an extra carriage on.’

I’m on the train again, and I’m trying not to earwig, but she is very loud, this woman whose privacy I’m trying not to invade. I have my headphones i(...)

f I’m honest, the earwigging possibilities offered by the train have always been one of its chief pleasures. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There’s a lot to be said for having the kind of job and wifi access that allows you to work in Dublin, and live pretty much anywhere else. One of the(...)

Rejjie Snow. Photograph: C Brandon/Redferns

REJJIE SNOW ft. PELL Virgo **** – One artist not to be missed at Electric Picnic this weekend is Dubliner Rejjie Snow, whose debut album, Dear Annie, (...)

Tom Jones will be working his Welsh magic in Punchestown this weekend

At a very quick and cynical glance, the line up for the Punchestown Music Festival could cause you to guffaw. Shane Filan? As in yer man from Westlife(...)

Aoibhín Garrihy is the favourite heading into the Dancing with the Stars final

After 12 weeks, Dancing with the Stars concludes tonight on RTE 1 at 6.30pm. The three finalists will start the show by performing a dance chosen by t(...)

Landmarks of Hamburg’s proud – and moneyed – past: the Speicherstadt mercantile quarter.

On Hamburg’s Reeperbahn, a trashier cousin of New York’s Times Square circa 1997, Saturday has just turned to Sunday. As befits a notorious entertain(...)

The great unwashed washed.

Did you hear that shot ring out over Electric Picnic in the early hours of Sunday morning? It’s rumoured festival organisers called in a vet to examin(...)

Best beard of Electric Picnic 2014: Sean O’Reilly from Donaghmede in Co Dublin

Best bands Portishead were sublime: in between the snap and the hiss, the cackle and crackle of the music, Beth Gibbons turned, sighed and lam(...)

Aerial picture of the Electric Picnic taken by drone on Saturday. Photograph: Sky Tec Ireland

So 41,000 people stockpile beer and eat organic fast food while crushing plastic cups underfoot in a field in Laois. Electric Picnic is a multigene(...)

Beck on the main stage at Electric Picnic last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

As Electric Picnic drew to a close, details of next year’s festival were already emerging. Tickets go on sale at noon today and organisers Festival Re(...)

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