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the Vatican confirmed that the pope “does not and has never received a salary”. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

As you’ll know unless you’ve spent the last few weeks sequestered in a beehive hut on Puffin Island, the pope is due to touch down in Ireland at 10.30(...)

Most acts speak fondly of playing in Ireland with eulogies on Guinness and the roar of an adoring crowd, but for Garbage singer Shirley Manson, this l(...)

Bob Dylan: on his 1966 British tour he binned the dungarees and lumberjack shirts of the Greenwich Village years and stocked up in the boutiques of Carnaby Street. Photograph: Ochs/Getty

Forty years ago I got a summer job on a building site near Dalkey, that picturesque coastal village in south Co Dublin, making tea and running errands(...)

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds performing at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Darragh Kane

“It’s daylight. How terrifying.” There are moments when a backdrop of sunshine hangs well, but the preying mantis of rock has just burned his way out (...)

Nick Cave also takes part in an on-stage conversation at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre on Monday night

Aside from Nick Cave’s brief appearance last January at Dublin’s National Concert Hall (to celebrate Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday), this show at the(...)

Microdisney: clocking back in after 30 years

Microdisney National Concert Hall, Dublin Saturday June 2nd 8pm €38/€34/€29.50 nch.ie There’s more than one thing to celebrate here. Firstly, there i(...)

Former US first lady Barbara Bush. ‘She was the ungainly, insecure daughter of an austere, beautiful mother who put her down.’ Photograph: Reuters

Barbara Bush was an expert at throwing shade, even before the term existed. When Congressman Dan Rostenkowski gave the then US first lady a shampoo fo(...)

A voice changes over time. The environment plays its part. All that singing, talking, drinking, eating and other optional extras (eg smoking) has an i(...)

Star Trek – The Next Generation: Picard and Wharf with the pesky Irishman Danilo Odell

Sad as this is to contemplate on our Big Day, it’s not unusual for famous people to culturally appropriate our national name and wander about wearing (...)

Christie’s employees take bids for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi during the postwar and contemporary art evening sale at Christie’s New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at(...)

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