Charlie Whisker, photographed  for an Irish Times interview in 2007.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Charlie Whisker, who has died at the age of 71 in the Fern Dean nursing home in Blackrock, was one of Ireland’s most highly regarded painters whose wo(...)

Welcome Home tablecloth and matching tea cosy, which was presented by Britain’s Queen Mary to an Irish woman during the first World War (€1,000- €2,000), Niall Mullen/Victor Mee

One of the great things about auctions is the fascinating array of historical objects that come from Irish houses. Curiosities offered this month incl(...)

Metallica: the veteran US heavy-metal band are on their WorldWired tour. Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

Seventy-five thousand fans are expected to see Metallica perform at Slane Castle on Saturday, June 8th, and at least 10 per cent of them are likely to(...)

Metallica: the band on the indoor leg of their WorldWired tour, in February. Photograph: Simon Hofmann/Getty

Metallica will play Slane Castle on June 8th next year, it has been confirmed. They will be the second hard-rock act in a row to headline the outdoor (...)

Alex Conyngham: Weirdest Christmas present: “An empty box – I was told to fill it with ideas.”

All I want for Christmas is . . . some time off with my family as I have been on the road in the US a lot this year with the launch of Slane Irish Whi(...)

Alex Chasko of Teeling Whiskey Company: Irish whiskey exports to the US rose 22 per cent in the first six months of this year to €157 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

About 40 years ago Irish whiskey was the drinks industry’s poor relation. At the end of the 1970s, it was selling fewer than half a million cases – 4.(...)

Slash performing  at a tribute concert to Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium, London, on April 20th, 1992. Photograph: Mick Hutson/Redferns

Twenty-five years ago, Guns N’ Roses were the biggest band in the world. The musicians – waifs and strays who had emerged from the scuzzy Los Angeles (...)

Lord Henry Mountcharles will miss a Slane concert for the first time ever. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It has been confirmed that for the first time ever Lord Henry Mountcharles will miss a Slane concert. The Slane Castle owner will be in hospital on t(...)

Slane Castle owner Lord  Henry Mountcharles. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Fans travelling to the Guns N’Roses concert at Slane Castle on May 27th have been advised to come especially early. It is advice that was once waste(...)

Lord Henry Mountcharles, pictured in 2009, confirmed there would be no concert at Slane this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rock fans, and particularly heavy metal fans have been left disappointed after Lord Henry Mountcharles confirmed there will be no concert in Slane thi(...)

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