Trench warfare: British soldiers in October 1914.  Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

How should the first World War be remembered? Some people had hoped that this year’s centenary of its beginning might be marked by a period of reflect(...)

British soldiers in the trenches during the first World War. File Photograph: Getty Images

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War and with it comes four years of commemorations. The war began with the assas(...)

Library filer dated 11/05/1916 of a view of Sackville Street (O’Connell St) and the River Liffey at Eden Quay in Dublin, showing the devastation wrought during the Easter Rising. Celebrations will mark the event’s 90th anniversary today. Photograph: PA

The military pension records of those who fought in the Easter Rising and War of Independence will be made available to the public later this month. S(...)

Franz Ferdinand on the Main Stage at Electric Picnic 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Electric Picnic, Main StageStar: ****They famously began their careers with the mission statement of “making music for girls to dance to”, but Franz F(...)

Laura Behan from Artane in Dublin  on the first day of the Electric Picnic. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Life is a Picnic

When you look at Stradbally on Google Earth there are patches of faded grass where you can make out the outlines of trails and tents and stages. Th(...)

 Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the French music group, Daft Punk

The fact that the most infectious, feel-good tune of the year was made by two French lads usually seen sporting motorcycle helmets is a sign of the(...)

Daft Punk

The modern fondness for lists has given us many commendable wastes of time. Between online citadels built entirely on the foundations of numbered f(...)

Here we go – again. The fields and parks are calling, the PA hire companies are loading their wares onto trucks and promoters are crossing their fi(...)

 Johnny Marr at the Academy last month. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

The Arctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim and Bjork have been confirmed as the headliners for Electric Picnic. David Byrne, formerly of Talking He(...)

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