Netflix teen drama Fate: The Winx Club Saga, which is filming at Ardmore Studios, is just one of the many television and movie productions that Ardmore and Troy Studios have attracted in recent years. Photograph: Jonathan Hession/Netflix

Ireland’s two largest movie studios have been sold to an American joint venture, with extensive experience television and film production. Californi(...)

Charlie Whisker, photographed  for an Irish Times interview in 2007.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Charlie Whisker, who has died at the age of 71 in the Fern Dean nursing home in Blackrock, was one of Ireland’s most highly regarded painters whose wo(...)

John Boorman at his home in Wickl;ow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In his new memoir, The film-maker reflects on family, putting down roots in wicklow and hollywood sex scandals John Boorman has always savoured (...)

Ardmore Studios: Planned  expansion suggests the current environment and incentives in Ireland are attractive enough for investors. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Perched on a bluff overlooking the M11 motorway just south of Bray in Co Wicklow, Ardmore Studios is an unglamorous huddle of tatty industrial units c(...)

Pete Townshend: ‘In Ireland, you go to pubs and you see not just good musicians playing together, but supremely good musicians playing together, and it’s a shock that they’re not making millions of quid filling Wembley Stadium.’ Photograph: Terry McGough

“Phil Lynott was a good friend, but he was a heroin addict when I knew him,” Pete Townshend recalls. “He reminded me a lot of Jimi Hendrix, who, in th(...)

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is in so many ways United’s dream candidate. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Alex Ferguson told a brilliant story from 1973, when he signed for Ayr United at the end of his playing career. In moving to Somerset Park, Ferguson (...)

The PopMart stage, featuring giant mirrorball lemon on the right

A little after midnight on June 16th, 1997, two Irishmen walked into the US immigration pre-clearance facility at Edmonton International Airport in Ca(...)

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(...)

Adam Clayton of U2 and the band’s former manager, Paul McGuinness look at an English-Irish dictionary dating from 1768 as Irish College director Nora Hickey M’sichili looks on.

What does an Irish rock star do on their day off in Paris? At the midpoint of their four concerts in Paris this week, U2’s lead singer and bass guita(...)

Victoria Lloyd, Bob Geldof, Lord Gowrie, seated, and Thomas Kinsella at the gathering in Luggala for Garech Browne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In a simple ceremony on the edge of Lough Tay, the ashes of Garech Browne, art collector, patron of the arts, and a Guinness heir, were poured into it(...)

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