Björk on the main stage at Electric Picnic Festival Stradbally Co Laois.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and The Knife are among the acts that will bring the 10th installment of the Electric Picnic to a close in Co Laois (...)

This was the festival slot that John Grant was born to play. File photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Stars ****This was the festival slot that John Grant was born to play: Saturday night, deep and dirty, slick and sexy with songs that are as propulsiv(...)

Sinéad O’Connor: a headstrong artist who grapples with stinging topics. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Sinéad O’Connor National Concert HallThere are few people who can grasp a bunch of nettles without involuntarily dropping it, but Sinéad O’Connor does(...)

The Opus 11 music shop on Dublin’s George’s Street which is closing and moving to an online environment at opus2.ie. Photograph: Alan Betson

On a small stretch of pathway along George’s Street in Dublin, a music shop is about to close its doors after more than 100 years in various city loca(...)

Video: John Grant opens up to The Ticket

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Labour TD Colm Keaveney tweeted in Latin before voting against the Government and leaving the Labour parliamentary party.

From a TD leaving the Government whip via a latin message to a bogus statment potentially changing the result of the presidential election, Twi(...)

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