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Ryan Tubridy and a tribe of young performers and toy testers Charley Bolster, Layla Ibegu, Sarah Doyle, Nothabo Siziba, Zach Culleton and Kate Butler prepare to go wild for the biggest night on the TV calendar. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Last year’s Late Late Toy Show brought a spark of joy to the bleak midwinter. We are still obviously living through interesting times but the atmosphe(...)

For some time now, Bangor songwriter Foy Vance was one of this island’s best-kept secrets, but over the past 10 years (in particular with the release (...)

Dermot Kennedy: there’s no reason to suspect Better Days won’t get better on the 1,000th listen

BETTER DAYS Dermot Kennedy ★★★☆☆ With U2 on hiatus and Hozier working on his man bun, there is a gap in the market for an earnest Irish songwriter wi(...)

Sliabh Liag in Co Donegal: the cliffs feature in Fáilte Ireland’s Keep Discovering domestic tourism campaign. Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland will attempt to boost domestic tourism with a €4 million marketing campaign to encourage more people to holiday in the Republic and boo(...)

Dua Lipa: the pop star will be at Elton John’s online Oscars pre-party, before the Academy Awards highlights are shown on Monday evening

Cuirt International Festival of Literature Until Sunday, April 25th, free (pay what you can), cuirt.ie You couldn’t have written a stranger story than(...)

Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies celebrate a try as England outhalf George Ford appeals to referee Pascal Gauzere. Photograph: Getty Images

There was a mountain of things to be discussing after Saturday’s Six Nations ding-dong between Wales and England, not least those somewhat controversi(...)

 Denise Chaila nominated for Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The shortlist for Choice Music Prize Best Irish Song of 2020 was announced on Wednesday. The acts nominated include Denise Chaila, Fontaines DC, Pillo(...)

Monjola is one of the 10 acts chosen for this year’s Rising programme

2FM has announced the 10 Irish acts it will promote and champion extensively throughout the year as part of its Rising inititative. The programme wil(...)

David Owens with his piano on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

One of the greatest pleasures of Christmas shopping in Dublin city centre is the atmospheric sound of buskers. This festive season, however, will be v(...)

“I’ve never looked forward to our Santa visit more. A normal Christmas ritual in the year of the abnormal.” Photograph: iStock

The tree made its way up in mid-November. There was only one person in the house who needed any convincing to put it up early, and with an eight to on(...)

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