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(...)

Atlas of the Irish Revolution: the book includes this image of National Army soldiers and barefoot children after the taking of Bruff, Co Limerick, from the IRA in August 1922. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

One of the biggest and most expensive books published in Ireland this year has turned out to be a huge success. Atlas of the Irish Revolution has nea(...)

James Corden: his jokes were crass, ill-timed and delivered with little sense of respect. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TBS

No subject should be off limits to comedy. Is that so scandalous a notion? Let’s ponder. Early this year, a tweet popped up in my timeline wondering (...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. “The grandest panjandrum in contemporary Irish politics.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

At Ennis District Court last week, Judge Patrick Durcan, a former Fine Gael politician, excoriated broadcaster Joe Duffy “and all the great panjandrum(...)

Leo Varadkar on his way into talks with Fianna Fáil in 2016 on forming a government, at Trinity College in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leo Varadkar’s election as leader is a first for many reasons, but a less well known one is this – he is the first Trinity College Dublin graduate to (...)

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Almost 90 leading artists, academics and former ambassadors have signed a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging the Government to formally recognise t(...)

It was always felt by some that being in Europe would help end partition and Brexit has raised the issue again

In February 1920, the British cabinet, chaired by prime minister David Lloyd George, agreed to give Ulster unionists what they sought: a Northern Irel(...)

 Mobilised:  Irish protest was galvanised by the campaign against water charges. Photograph: Mart Klein/Ikon/Getty

Populism is a race to the bottom in Irish politics,” says the Labour TD Alan Kelly. “It’s where political parties and political individuals will do an(...)

Prof Ronan Fanning: Had a low tolerance for mediocrity. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The death of Ronan Fanning, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, professor emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin and former presiden(...)

Prof Ronan Fanning: “A brilliant, teacher, researcher and writer.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Tributes have been paid to Ronan Fanning, professor emeritus of modern Irish history at UCD, who has died aged 75. He was the author of several book(...)

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