Defrocked Irish priest Cornelius Horan attacks  Vanderlei Lima of Brazil in the latter stages of the marathon during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Photograph: Jiro Mochizuki/AFP via Getty Images

Peaceful protest or reckless sabotage, overtly politically motivated or religious in the extreme, several Irish competitors and at least one spectator(...)

Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten. Photograph: Visionhaus

“Is it too real for ya?” An English woman in the smoking “area” upstairs in tonight’s hall has fallen victim to the ear worm. “I woke up at 7.30am wit(...)

Fontaines DC: the Irish band are shortlisted for the Mercury. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

Industry experts have hailed the return of political music in the run-up to this year’s Mercury prize, with the artists on the shortlist, including Ir(...)