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Westlife in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

AHEAD OF THEIR CROKE PARK GIGS NEXT WEEKEND, PATRICK FREYNE SPENDS THE DAY HANGING OUT BACKSTAGE WITH THE BOY BAND TURNED ‘MAN BAND’ AT THE START OF(...)

Sarah McTernan of Ireland looks every inch the contoured pop contender. Photograph: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

The roof of the Expo Tel Aviv remained resolutely unraised during Sarah McTernan’s Eurovision performance of the song 22 – the second act of Thursday’(...)

The Dublin band The Blades, fronted by Paul Cleary, onstage in 1985. Photograph: Terry Thorp

What does a nation in crisis sound like? It’s a pertinent question for our uncertain times, which has of late been occupying Bob Stanley. For Stanley,(...)

Dance act BSD have been crowned winners of Ireland’s Got Talent 2019

Amid cheers, tears and a lifetime supply of confetti, dance act BSD have been crowned winners of Ireland’s Got Talent 2019. It’s a hard fought victory(...)

Ray D’Arcy:  can still show flashes of the spicily attuned broadcaster who used to hold court on Today FM. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Ray D’Arcy has long been an advocate of healthy eating, as his regular radio slots about television weight loss series Operation Transformation attest(...)

Mairead Ronan and John Nolan with the Gtitterball Trophy after winning this year's Dancing with the Stars. Photograph: Kyran O'Brien

After 12 weeks, one blackout, and enough Nicky Byrne one-liners to keep us ticking over for the rest of our lives, Mairéad Ronan has been crowned winn(...)

The craft of hurley making has written references to it in the 5th century. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The art of hurley making is not an art at all, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has decreed, as he ruled out including the ancient craft in tax br(...)

Boyzone playing their final Irish gig, which filled the 13,000-capacity 3Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tonight was an emotional one for Boyzone as they played their final Irish show, 25 years after first crooning, writhing and grinning their way into th(...)

Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana Rosemary Scallon at Belfast High Court for her defamation action against the Sunday World newspaper. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress Belfast

Eurovision Song Contest winner and former politician Dana Rosemary Scallon is to receive a six-figure sum in damages to settle a newspaper libel actio(...)

 Image from the funeral of John Reynolds in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Music promoter John Reynolds was remembered at his funeral on Thursday as “innovative, energetic and ambitious”, as an immensely hard worker and as a (...)

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