Gerry Ryan: natural broadcaster, but would he still be a star today? Photograph: Mark Read

These days there are any number of unfortunate ways to end a radio career – sexual harassment, insensitive social media posts . . . for many 1980s BBC(...)

U2 performing at Croke Park in July. Brian Boyd’s report detailing the band was planning to breathe new life into their 1987 album The Joshua Tree was the fifth most read culture article on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1. Bad sex in the movies: from Top Gun to Fifty Shades  This is the most read culture story on irishtimes.com for 2017, and by quite some distan(...)

Some windows of the Pirelli tower in Milan, Italy, are lighted to write the words ‘Stop Aids’, to commemorate the World Day of the Fight against Aids on December 1st. Photograph:  Marco Bertorello /AFP/Getty Images

It’s nearly 40 years since the world was shaken by the outbreak of a “plague” that started in the gay community in America and quickly became the most(...)

Vincent Hanley on 'Live Aid for Africa' (1985)

If you were an Irish kid in the mid 1980s, a time of recession, drab earth tones and television advertisements that outlined the many startling ways a(...)

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Star Trek: Discovery Netflix, September 25th In the 1960s, Star Trek viewers had the swashbuckling Kennedyesque James T Kirk exploring the universe on(...)

“Can you see Crumlin from Howth?” In 1981, Gay Byrne asked Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott that rather sarcastic question about the rock star’s move to a pos(...)

Radio head: Ian Wilson, who will leave RTÉ in 2018 after 40 years with the station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Everyone in the RTÉ canteen seems to know Ian Wilson. The radio producer has a nod and words for every table, from the production team taking a break (...)

A motion to establish a working group to explore and scope out how and where women can play a leadership role in the governance of the church received the highest number of priority votes at the Limerick Diocesan Synod. File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Women need to play a much more important role in the church, the first Synod in Ireland in 50 years has been told. Some 400 delegates spent three day(...)

The Sylvers perform on Soul Train in 1976. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It’s time for Soul Train to leave the station again. The classic US black music show introduced TV audiences to a host of r’n’b, soul and hip-hop acts(...)