Experience + Innocence: Bono at U2’s London show on Tuesday. Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty

By any yardstick a 61-date world tour is going to be gruelling, not least on the back of a 51-show tour only a year earlier. But the home stretch is w(...)

Beto O’Rourke, running for the US Senate seat, addresses supporters during a campaign rally at Texas Southern University in Houston last week. Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters

The footage of Beto O’Rourke nonchalantly skateboarding around a WhataBurger car park in Texas lasts just under one minute. Long enough for informed o(...)

Serena Williams cartoon: Mark Knight’s depiction of the tennis player has been condemned as racist and sexist. Photograph: Herald Sun/AFP/Getty

Look at this cartoon. What do you see: a clever bit of satire, poking fun at a tennis legend’s petulant behaviour; or an image with dark resonances of(...)

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher has been crowned the 2018 Rose of Tralee. The 21-year-old student and part-time model from Waterford is the third m(...)

New Zealand Rose Jolene McLaughlin greets Daithí Ó Sé by Maori tradition. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Not too long into the 59th edition of the Rose of Tralee International Festival 2018 (RTÉ One, Monday, 8pm) comes an unprecedented break with its poli(...)

Majella reminds a chummy O’Connor of his cutting remarks about her husband. Photograph: Andres Poveda

In the first episode of Brendan O’Connor’s Time Out (RTÉ One, Friday, 9.35pm), a virtuously unadorned one-on-one chat show, the host interviews one ha(...)

In this November 2017 photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John Aids Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. Photograph:  Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Named the “Queen of Soul” in a mock coronation on a Chicago stage in 1967, Aretha Franklin – who has died aged 76 – reigned majestically until her dea(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan journeys to Derry, Alabama and Washington

The march of progress has always followed a circuitous route. It does have some defined meeting points, though. In the case of the pivotal Northern Ir(...)

Participants in the ‘Leadership for Life’ conference at Maynooth University: standing from left, Karina Tropman, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, DeAlbert Shepherd, New York, Ashling Dunphy, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and Callum Maxwell, Oldcastle, Co Meath; front row from left, Liadh Hennessy, Ballineen, Co Cork, Fergal Flood, Monaghan and Rebecca Battle, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“The young people of today . . . ” is a sentence that rarely ends well. It usually signals a rant about teenagers’ obsession with technology, abuse o(...)

Wim Wenders with Pope Francis.

In centuries past, the likes of Velázquez and Raphael helped to burnish the images of popes. The most effective portraits established the Holy Father (...)

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