Young Offenders Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley). Photograph: Miki Barlok

Christmas episodes of hit television shows The Young Offenders and Mrs Brown’s Boys are sure to put a smile on even the Grinchiest of family members’ (...)

Homeward Bound: Bono recorded his contribution to the single before going on stage for the third of U2’s four homecoming gigs last week. Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty

Bono took time out from preparing for U2’s 3Arena show last Friday to contribute to a charity cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s Homeward Bound that is (...)

Fever Ray: headlining the Body and Soul stage on Friday at the festival

Body & Soul Stage Friday, June 22nd 00:30-01:45 Olof Dreijer DJ Set 23:00-00:15 Fever Ray 21:10-22:10 Fatima Al Qadiri 19:40- 20:40 FAK(...)

The launch of the MV Celine the World’s largest sea ro- ro vessel in Dublin by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The absolutely enormous cargo ship that was christened by Leo Varadkar and other luminaries in Dublin Port on Friday morning is officially to be calle(...)

Lisa O’Neill will appear in collaboration with writer Pat McCabe, Cass McCombs and Lankum’s Ian Lynch (above) on Friday, April 20th, Abbey Theatre, 7.30pm, €30.

Motor City might be Detroit, but MusicTown is most definitely Dublin – or at least it will be until Sunday, April 22nd. From now until then, a stream (...)

A Night of Musical Stories: Katie Kim and Radie Peat of Lankum are teaming up for a new project for the MusicTown festival in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Have you heard the one about the traditional folk artist and the ambient pop musician? They met several years ago, became fast friends and are now bri(...)

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 irishtimes.com. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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

A commission from the St Patrick’s Festival to write an epic spoken word poem about Ireland might have had the potential to produce the literary equiv(...)

What is your Ireland: Copper Face Jacks, the Liffey, Rubberbandits, Savita and Zig and Zag

Spanning Zig & Zag and Savita, Reeling In The Years and the Magdalene laundries, this new poem by Dublin poet and playwright Stephen James Smith w(...)

Participants in  Young Blood. “It’s a good snapshot of Ireland in a moment in time”

On a bitterly cold Wednesday afternoon in Dublin in the foyer of the National Concert Hall, Karen Walshe, the artistic director at the St Patrick’s Fe(...)

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