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Ronan has been in the news for the last couple of days because she is to co-star with fellow actress Lupita Nyong’o in a campaign for the newest Calvin Klein fragrance, Calvin Klein Women.   File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Saoirse Ronan is a gifted actress, and naturally, Irish people are even fonder of her for being an Irish woman who has risen to tremendous success. R(...)

Beyoncé Knowles performs at Coachella. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Let’s just cut to the chase: There’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year(...)

Bring booze. Bring more booze than you need. Do not arrive with a four-pack of Carling and decide, on an whim, to rinse through the host’s carefully curated craft beer collection

A decade ago, that monitor of good manners, the Telegraph, was already mourning the demise of the classic dinner party. Last year, Nigella Lawson, who(...)

R.E.S.P.E.C.T: a song from Aretha Franklin and many more  on International Women’s Day. Photograph:  Fred A. Sabine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

For International Women’s Day  2018 we asked Twitter users to tell us the songs using #IrishTimesTunes that should be added to our empowering, in(...)

Matthew E White and Flo Morrissey: “We just wanted to do songs that meant something to us, that challenged us, and some that people just wouldn’t normally cover.”

A duets album is a tried and tested staple of the music industry. The beasts arrive in varying shades of quality, but mostly they arrive from singers(...)

Carlinhos Cruz from Brazil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Carlinhos Cruz didn’t speak a word of English when he arrived in Ireland five years ago. He had never lived abroad and had spent his entire life unde(...)

Michael Kiwanuka: "I knew I wanted to do something different to the first album. It took a bit of time to get it right.”

Four years have passed since Michael Kiwanuka was last on promotional duties. Back then, he was hawking his debut album (Home Again) and was the BBC (...)

Dexys, with Kevin Rowland centre

The artists formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners are back in the top 10 after a 34-year absence. Now trading under the snappier moniker of Dexys,(...)

Bobby Gillespie: “In terms of looks, you can’t compete with younger bands.” Photograph: Sam Christmas

Primal Scream have always worn their hearts on their album sleeves. Screamadelica signalled their happy-drugs-phase album; XTRMNTR their paranoid dru(...)

Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

Struggling for recognition never came into it for US poet, writer and actor Saul Williams. On a dodgy phone line from Paris, a city he lived in fro(...)

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