Dave Fanning

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Experience + Innocence: Bono at U2’s London show on Tuesday. Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty

By any yardstick a 61-date world tour is going to be gruelling, not least on the back of a 51-show tour only a year earlier. But the home stretch is w(...)

In 1993, Albert Reynolds was elected taoiseach, the beef tribunal finally ended after a gruelling 226 days, Niamh Kavanagh won yet another Eurovision,(...)

My gang: The Boomtown Rats. I can vividly recall watching the band performing Lookin’ After Number One on The Late Late Show in 1977. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

I miss mixtapes sometimes. I devoted years of my life to making them for myself and for girls who, I imagined, would surely fall in love with me after(...)

Mick Jagger at Slane Castle, Saturday, July 24th, 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The Rolling Stones have announced a summer 2018 gig in Ireland. Here are some prominent gig-goers’ recall the bands 1982 and 2007 Slane conc(...)

Dolores O’Riordan with The Cranberries at the Troubadour,  Los Angeles on July 15th, 1993. Photograph:  Donna Santisi/Redferns

How do pop music and its media handle sudden sorrows? When Dolores O’Riordan died unexpectedly last month, at the age of 46, it felt like the life of (...)

Alcohol limts: debate underlines our complicated relationship with drink

As if more proof was needed that this country has a, well, complicated relationship with alcohol, it is provided on the Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk, week(...)

Out to grass: Canadian lawn mower Theunis Wessels (above) proves a a tough interviewee for Ray D’Arcy.

There’s an early episode of The Simpsons in which the local radio station’s gormless jocks, Marty and Bill, are threatened with replacement by the DJ (...)

Radio head: Ian Wilson, who will leave RTÉ in 2018 after 40 years with the station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Everyone in the RTÉ canteen seems to know Ian Wilson. The radio producer has a nod and words for every table, from the production team taking a break (...)

Down with this sort of thing: Graham Linehan addresses the  Parents for Choice protest against the Government decision to hand over the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity religious order.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As a cursory scan of the airwaves attests, the decision to hand over ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to the Sisters of Charity (...)

“I found myself binge-watching episodes of One Born Every Minute and furtively looking up baby name chat forums.” Photograph: Mike Harrington/Getty Images

A tiny yellow hat. That’s what did it in the end. I was only ever having two children. I had them in a rush, at the beginning of my 30s. There was ha(...)

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