Louise Bruton

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Electric Picnic: Facebook statuses will request lifts, free tickets or spare tents. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When snow is forecast for April it’s hard to see beyond the grey horizon, but Joe Goddard’s new album, Electric Lines, lifted me from the gloom and tr(...)

 Harry Styles: Not a pop act anymore. Photograph:  Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Way back in 2013, in a little indie documentary called One Direction: This Is Us, it was clear to almost everyone that Harry Styles was over this shit(...)

Choice nominees Rusangano Family: could this be the year when they show the prize that hip hop is boss? Photograph: Eric Luke

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize has announced its shortlist for 2016. The prize picks the best Irish album of the previous calendar year. This year’s sh(...)

Heartbreak in Mullingar: Niall Horan

When former One Directioner Niall Horan released his debut solo single last week, he joined the ranks of the dull, real and authentic guys (Drags for(...)

An Irish Times panel discussion on arts at the Irish Times tent at Electric Picnic. Pictured from left, Patrick Freyne, Louise Bruton, Lawrence Mackin, Una Mullaly and Peter Crawley.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Last week Off Topic got out of the studio and went on the road to Electric Picnic. The Irish Times tent in the Mindfield spoken word area played hos(...)

Lana Del Ray: the sexy girl in the year above you in school who gets picked up by a guy on a motorbike and can roll a perfect cigarette

UNA MULLALLY Watching Nas perform NY State Of Mind. One of the greatest hip-hop tracks of all time, it still sounds as urgent and dark as ever. Nas (...)

Ireland has no shortage of incredible musicians, but for a while every singer seemed to be called David or Damien. Where were the women? It’s an imba(...)

 Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students’ Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On today’s Off Topic we talk to Lynn Ruane, the president of the students’ union at Trinity College Dublin about her article in today’s Irish Times o(...)

Muddy fields make poor terrain for wheelchairs, so festivals present big a challenge for their users. Journalist and ‘Legless in Dublin’ blogger Loui(...)

Louise Bruton: “Accessibility and mobility are important issues for a lot of people in Ireland and we want to make sure that something as simple as getting around your hometown is straightforward and easy to plan.”

Legless in Dublin, the access review blog for wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility is celebrating its 100th review with a new websiteFound(...)

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