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U2 performing at Croke Park in July. Brian Boyd’s report detailing the band was planning to breathe new life into their 1987 album The Joshua Tree was the fifth most read culture article on Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1. Bad sex in the movies: from Top Gun to Fifty Shades  This is the most read culture story on for 2017, and by quite some distan(...)

We’ve rounded up some of the most popular and the most accessible – from running and swimming to joining a GAA club, learning a marital art or finally(...)

A tussle for Jack Sock’s Wimbledon towel on the second day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, in London, England. Photograph: Screengrab/BBC

It has become the Zapruder film for the social media generation. The footage has been pored over frame-by-frame: first there’s the trajectory of the t(...)

Rev Noble McNeely: served in  the Antrim congregation of First Ballymoney  for 13 years

The new Presbyterian moderator will be Rev Noble McNeely (63) of the First Holywood Presbyterian Church in Co Down. He was nominated by 10 of the chu(...)

Feng shui consultant Dervilla Griffin: “I have a lovely mix of home and business clients who would generally contact me having received a recommendation from a previous client.”

We’re in the middle of the Chinese new year celebrations. The glorious son et lumière celebrations, which are rooted in centuries-old traditions and (...)

Your first pressing decision will be: curved or flat screen? Curved screens look cool but are way more expensive.

The only thing you can be certain of when handing over an unconscionable amount of money for a new TV set is that you won’t understand a single word b(...)

Dead soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The men of the Irish 69th Pennsylvanians stopped the Confederate advance. Photograph: Timothy H O’Sullivan/Getty Images

Be wary of historians or writers who paint ethnic stereotypes. In a recent article in The Irish Times Brian Boyd cited events in Irish-American histor(...)

Model Melina Gesto in a Ramones T-shirt in Paris, France. Photograph:Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

It’s 40 years since one of the great pieces of rock iconography first emerged – the Presidential Seal Ramones T-shirt. Designed by the band’s creati(...)

Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil (left) is grabbed by Irish ex-priest Neil Horan during the men’s Olympic marathon at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

As the Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima prepared to light the Olympic cauldron in Rio’s Maracanã stadium in the early hours of Saturday mor(...)

Delegates react as Hillary Clinton appears live via satellite at the conclusion of the second day of the Democratic National Convention. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

1. France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’ President François Hollande will meet leaders of all French religious communities this morning in the ho(...)

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