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Fintan died sadly young in a car crash but when I think of him I instinctively remember the 1970 World Cup final and the two of us as kids, definitively on the wrong side of history. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

When required to reduce his 2014 concerts at Croke Park from five to three, Garth Brooks declined saying – somewhat controversially, you’d imagine, ba(...)

Kieran and Joanne Fahey in South Bend, Indiana

Kieran and Joanne Fahey have been living in South Bend, Indiana for five years. They moved there from Ballsbridge in Dublin after Joanne accepted(...)

Soulé: despite international pop successes like Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Billie Eilish, it’s incredible that artists like Soulé and Laoise are still struggling to be heard

Last April, close to 70,000 people streamed into Dublin’s 3Arena across five nights. They weren’t there to see a Drake, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Taylor Sw(...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January 2014, to announce two concerts that would never take place. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Everybody knows what Marx said about history repeating itself: first as tragedy, second as farce. But some rare events manage to unfurl as both simult(...)

Taylor Swift: economic genius

One of the many quirks of economics is the way in which data and theory collide. Not too long ago, few – if any – controversies were ever settled by r(...)

Cliona Hagan and Robert Rowinski got the top score of 21 on week two of  Dancing With The Stars. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

Tears, twirls and tangos all make an appearance as week two of Dancing with the Stars sees the female contestants competing in earnest for the first t(...)

Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson, stars of Dublin Oldschool which is on at the Project Arts Centre from December 11th-22nd

When were you closest to death? Ian: I got kicked around in town one night in my early 20s. I remember thinking “I’m in trouble here”.  Emmet: I(...)

Turkish businessmen heed a call to sell dollar and euro savings in support of the lira. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

In numbers: Cheating allegations 10 Group of current and former top executives of dating app Tinder who are suing Tinder’s parent company IAC and it(...)

Chicago, 2006: Workers dye the Chicago river green as part of the city’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

When I lived abroad, I dreaded the inevitable question of the traditions we actually celebrate on St Patrick’s Day. If you don’t eat corned beef or pu(...)

Brían has taken over the wedding planning. ‘We’re going all out, so we are,’ he says

The death of the slow set may not be directly linked to the decimation of the population of rural Ireland, although it can’t have helped. Before ther(...)

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