Dave Fanning

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“At work, my new desktop wallpaper is an image of Peggy Olson strutting into the McCann offices with dark sunglasses and a cigarette hanging out of the side of her mouth.” Photograph: AMC

January: I emerge unscathed from an end-of-year blaze of journalistic controversy. My two-star review of Elf the Musical has upset one of the McGann a(...)

Bob Geldof: the musician said he feels “profound shame” at a situation which has seen many die in their desperate attempts to flee war. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bob Geldof says Europe’s response to the current migrant crisis makes him “sick”, and has offered to accommodate four refugee families in his UK resid(...)

Tony Fenton, who has died aged 53, was consistently one of this country’s most popular radio DJs, at home with a wide variety of rock and pop, from Am(...)

Bono with his wife Ali and U2 band members Larry Mullen , Adam Clayton and The Edge, at the funeral of radio DJ Tony Fenton, at Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Not many people can persuade U2 to play at their funeral, but not many people are Tony Fenton. The Dude, as he was affectionately known to his friends(...)

Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has been awarded a gold medal of honorary patronage by the University Philosophical Society in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield has received an honorary patronage from Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a gold meda(...)

Anita Notaro: her theme in her novels of life’s variety reflected her own personal journey

The award-winning Irish novelist Anita Notaro, who has died aged 59, wrote stories which often had at their core a theme of sudden emotional and situa(...)

Bono on his critics: “They’re the haters; we’re the lovers. We’re never going to agree. People who would not normally be exposed to our music have got a chance to listen to it.  File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

U2 singer Bono has said the blogosphere is “enough to put you off democracy”. The band’s decision to give their new album Songs of Innocence away free(...)

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

DAVE FANNING Music journalist and broadcaster Massachusetts, 1974 On my first day in New York I ordered a “baggle”, meaning a bagle. I ordere(...)

The US embassy in Dublin is inviting all who ever visited the US on a J1 student visa to attend a free open day event at the RDS on Thursday, September 25th, next

The US embassy in Dublin is inviting anyone who ever visited the US on a J1 student visa to attend a free open day event at the RDS on Thursday, Septe(...)

Slice of the Apple: U2 with Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, in California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

As is sometimes the way when Joe Duffy thinks listeners require some relief from accounts of societal chaos, Wednesday’s edition of Liveline (RTÉ R(...)

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