Alan Cox, chief executive of Core, at its new premises at Windmill Lane, where the reception contains part of the wall made famous by U2 fans. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Not far from the Google-Facebook tech axis in Dublin’s Docklands, an airy, plant-draped office building in tasteful slate grey rises up from the site (...)

The abrupt disclosure surprised many as no official announcement has been made by the festival committee or Diageo. Photograph: David Sleator

Concern has been expressed for the future of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival following the revelation that the long-time programmer and festival direc(...)

A photograph of Jimmy Magee at his funeral in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jimmy Magee would have been “so, honoured, so proud” about the attendance at his funeral, his son Mark Magee said. “He loved people, He loved his fri(...)

Kirsty Young with David Beckham as he joins Desert Island Discs for the programme’s 75th anniversary edition on Sunday. Photograph: PA

David Beckham has revealed he and wife Victoria used to have dates in restaurant car parks in the early days of their relationship in order to keep it(...)

What constitutes quality sleep – baring unwelcome interruptions – is rarely discussed.

Ella Fitzgerald was right. When the First Lady of Song recorded “Tain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It”, she could have been singing about s(...)

Trumpeter David Hinton of the Bare Brass Band performing at an open-air gig on Emmet Place on Friday, part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Up to 40,000 people descended on Cork at the weekend for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. The festival is celebrating its 38th birthday, featuring m(...)

Members of Cork’s Groove Collective Cian O’Sullivan, Fiona Nolan and Seb Schneider as the 34th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival gets under way. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Bridge may have an image as that most sedate and genteel of card games while jazz originated in the dangerously seductive world of New Orleans brothe(...)

I don’t want to hear about their night in Temple Bar, how dreamy Connemara is and nothing whatsoever about their time in the Guinness Storehouse or the Titanic exhibition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

On a rooftop bar in Sicily a honeymoon couple from Lewiston, Idaho, asked me my name and where I am from. I looked them in the eye, smiled, and said “(...)

Summertime groove:  The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff

It’s getting hot in here and we’re losing our inhibitions faster than we can lose our clothes. Summer has always benefited from a sultry soundtrack, (...)

Melody Gardot: “The first recording was a surprise. It was almost like the songs fell out of me.” Photograph: Franco P Tettamanti

‘It was like an open invitation from the world around me to do something, and I said yes.” Melody Gardot is talking about how music saved her life.(...)

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