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The pop star of 2013 is on the other end of the phone. A year ago, Ella Yelich-O’Connor was a veritable unknown. An articulate, sharp and well-read Ne(...)

This is the second nomination for Villagers. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Dublin band Villagers have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize – the Booker Prize of the music world. It’s a second nomination for the band but(...)

This is the sound of 2013. Massive slabs of playful, fizzy, infectious, charming, energetic house, garage and pop grooves. Smart- as-hell vocals on to(...)

Daft Punk

The modern fondness for lists has given us many commendable wastes of time. Between online citadels built entirely on the foundations of numbered f(...)

Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in their women’s singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Serena Williams was able to turn her attention to on-court battles today as she won the first match of her Wimbledon defence with consummate ease agai(...)

Fans enjoying the Forbidden Fruit festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /Irish Times

It’s Sunday, the sun is shining, and the crowds are heading to Kilmainham in Dublin for the second day of Forbidden Fruit. Last night, the headliner -(...)

Carol Donoghue left from Donegal and Deirdre Hynds from  Westmeath enjoying the Forbidden Fruit festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

That’s the first one out of the way, so. It’s festival season and for most people Forbidden Fruit is the starting blocks for a marathon of music and a(...)

Kevin McAleer will take part in the Cat Laughs festival this weekend.

Bloom - Dublin - all weekendIreland’s largest gardening, food and family event takes place in Dublin’s Phoenix Park and has already proved to be a cro(...)

 ames Blake performs on stage last month in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)

For workers all around the world, the phrase “do more with less” has become a mantra of the times. Those who play buzzword bingo at staff meetings wil(...)

Jessie Ware gave rock royalty a run for its money at Primavera.

Kurt Vile & the ViolatorsWith the full muscle of his band behind him, Kurt Vile is a force to be reckoned with. The sound might be sprawling, but (...)

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