Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton is one of the artists due to play in  the 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which continue until July 22nd.  Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The 10th annual Cork Live at the Marquee concerts, which got underway last night, continue to grow in strength, with ticket sales often outperformi(...)

Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, leads choir practice at Panti Bar on Dublin’s Capel Street. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Heading home from boarding school, the Christmas of 1984, I took the bus instead of my usual train. I remember I had the back row to myself, and th(...)

Being Miley Cyrus
  • Music
  • May 16, 2014, 00:00

She’d better not bail. I’ll be furious if she cancels. No, I’m not talking about a flaky best friend, I am talking about international pop star(...)

Dawn O’Porter in Dublin last weekend. Photograph: Cathal Burke/vipireland.com

When you’re married to the greatest love of your life and the only thing you would change about yourself is your “flat bum”, life is good. “How lovel(...)

Phoebe McCallan (left), overall winner, and Bryony Way (8) with their mothers Hayley Way and Michelle Watts, all from Portsmouth, England, at the Universal Royalty pageant, which was held at Corrigan’s pub in Castleblayney. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A controversial US child beauty pageant could be making its return to Ireland later this year. Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant made head(...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, Dublin. Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland, pro(...)

Country-pop crossover singer Taylor Swift, one of seven artists that dominate Sunshine 106.8FM’s country output, according to Country FM. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

How “country” is “Dublin’s country mix” station Sunshine 106.8FM? Not country enough, according to the backers of the proposed Country FM, one of t(...)

Nathan Carter: “Two or three years ago, there were young people all over Ireland who had never been to a country gig and probably thought it was very uncool. Now venues are filled with mixed-age groups”

In many ways, he is the “everyman” musician – at least to a certain type of Irish audience. In conversation, he is polite, friendly, easygoing; on (...)

Pornography is a bad thing, but it is no simple matter to control or outlaw it. Photograph: AP

David Cameron has just executed a very skilful gambit. Desperate to appease the Daily Mail, keen to improve his dismal standing with female voters, th(...)

Panti: coaxed away from rambunctious, adoring bars to an audience that doesn’t need to be whipped into order

All Dolled Up Restitched Peacock Theatre, DublinAfter one of many gloriously tasteless remarks delivered during Panti’s autobiographical show comes th(...)

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