'If I can't smoke on the bus, I'll walk' - how smoking was banned on Dublin Bus 30 years ago
This day 30 years ago smoking was banned on Dublin Bus. Shay Healy took to the 48A for RTÉ to gauge opinion and he encountered several...
This day 30 years ago smoking was banned on Dublin Bus. Shay Healy took to the 48A for RTÉ to gauge opinion and he encountered several...
On the day that Review meets rising Wicklow trio Wyvern Lingo, yet another actor has been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour. This time, it's Aziz Ansari, star of the Netflix comedy series...
It was hailed as one of the finest wildlife television series ever made and at the end of the final episode of BBC's Blue Planet 2 last December,...
It can be a tricky business telling an artist why you like their new work, especially if the word "commercial" pops up, but Alex Kapranos seems...
Ian Katz, the head of programming at Channel 4, was shown just one episode of Derry Girls and he green-lit the second series immediately. The short, snappy comedy has been a sensation since it first aired in early January.
Online access for children is the thorny subject that has to be negotiated in the vast majority of cases that come before Joanna Fortune.
It has been a momentous week for campaigners on both sides of the great abortion debate as it was finally confirmed that a referendum would be held this summer.
When Pat Kiely decided to move jobs and take up a senior sales position at a new television broadcaster that had yet to launch, he couldn't help but be struck by the suggested start day.
Jonathon Ng truly began to realise that his music was reaching a wide audience when Lorde left a sweet message on his Facebook page that espoused just how much one of his songs, 'Sex', had moved her.
Raheem Sterling has been having the season of his life. The 23-year-old striker has been a key component in Manchester City's superb run in the Premier League, and the runaway leaders are keen to ensure he stays put. One of his goals could well deliver victory in tomorrow's clash away to his former club, Liverpool.
In December 2015, Sky Arts broadcast a documentary that felt like an outlier compared to the usual cultural films it shows. The hour-long programme, A Wreck Reborn, followed Shane MacGowan in his pursuit of a more palatable smile.
Craig Fitzgerald might just be the youngest looking 24-year-old you'll ever meet. He's as fresh-faced as someone planning to sit the Leaving Cert this summer, but he's already a veteran when it...
The interview hit a nerve. Conor Skehan, the chairman of the Government-initiated Housing Agency, was suggesting that some of the many thousands of homeless people in emergency...
For our round-up of the biggest news of the year, we are highlighting the people who were at the centre of the most talked-about stories of 2017, in politics and beyond.
From Father John Misty to Taylor Swift, our music critic looks back over the most outstanding sounds of the year
To her supporters, Alice Glenn was one of the most formidable politicians of her era, but to the liberal wing of Garret FitzGerald's Fine Gael in the 1980s, she was a harbinger of doom.
The words of the report could hardly have been starker. "Ireland's natural heritage is being steadily whittled away by human exploitation, pollution and other aspects of modern development. This could represent a serious loss to the nation."
Samuel T Herring is in a playful mood. He is, he tells Review, enjoying the rock and roll lifestyle right now - from his room in a faceless hotel at Heathrow Airport.
It's just another afternoon in the life of a veteran rock star. Brian May is in his tour bus in Sweden having played a Stockholm enormadrome the night before. Next stop Copenhagen.
It was hard to escape Fun in the early months of 2012. The US trio, who had had little impact on this side of the world until that point, suddenly were responsible for a massive crossover indie-pop hit. 'We Are Young' featured the vocals of Janelle Monáe and would go on to win the Grammy for Song of the Year.
'I shouldn't be here," Bono sings on U2's new album, "cause I should be dead." It's a stark opening line from Songs Of Experience's second track, 'Lights Of Home', and one that will beg more questions about the frontman's unspecified recent "brush with mortality".
It is one of the greatest love songs ever written, and it was penned for Peggy Seeger. Now 82, this icon of the folk revival, and stalwart of the protest song genre, remembers hearing 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' for the first time.
Susie Hall remembers the occasion like it was yesterday. It was 1971, and she had just got engaged and could hardly wait to show off her engagement ring to her teacher colleagues at the fee-paying girls school, Loreto Foxrock, in south Dublin.
November was supposed to be a special one for U2. These weeks would be all about building excitement for the release of their 14th studio album, and first in three years.
David Shire cut his movie composer teeth on some of the great paranoia thrillers of the 1970s. It was his spooky, piano-based score that helped elevate The Conversation - directed by his then brother-in-law Francis Ford Coppola - into one of the great films of the decade. And he also was instrumental in shaping the sound of two of the era's defining movies, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and All the President's Men.
Declan O'Rourke flashes a rueful grin. "It is a difficult subject to get people interested in," he says. "Some just don't want to know and others will say, 'There's no way I'm going to listen to that'."
There was a genuine sense of excitement when the brand new Páirc Uí Chaoimh opened its gates this summer. Almost 11,000 went through the turnstiles for an intermediate hurling match between two local clubs - a 'dry run' before the stadium opened for inter-county business. They were there to drink in the surrounds, not least the imposing three-tier South Stand that has quickly become one of Cork city's most prominent landmarks.
Halloween may be celebrated the world over, but it was here — in Ireland — that the tradition first got under way. It was through the ancient Pagan festival of Samhain that the modern-day idea of trick or treat first emerged.
I'm a few minutes into my interview with Benny Andersson and he seems like such an agreeable sort that I decide to share with him my very earliest memory.
Betrayal. It's the first word that Dr Marie Keenan thinks of when she considers the overriding emotion experienced when a family member is revealed to be a sex offender.
In a world of cookie-cutter pop stars, Grace Jones continues to stand apart. For more than 40 years, this striking Jamaican has enjoyed a special place in that crossroads where music, art and fashion all meet.
Mark Breen is not one to soften his words when it comes to safety - and he found himself increasingly annoyed earlier this week when considering that some people were suggesting there had been an overreaction to Storm Ophelia.
Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker has joined the growing band of high-profile figures in condemning the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
It was September 2013 and the setting was the plush Patria restaurant in Toronto. Dublin film-maker John Carney had just screened his latest movie, Can a Song Save Your Life, at the city's renowned film festival and all involved were enjoying the aftershow party.
Andy McCluskey could hardly be in cheerier form. He has spent the day with his son, who's also a musician, but rather than slave away in the studio as they had originally planned, the two have repaired to senior's home for a spot of baking.
It is not difficult to imagine how awful it must have been to be locked up in Spike Island's Punishment Block.
It's been many years since I last interviewed Josh Ritter, but he greets me with a hug. It's charming and disarming and a reminder that a man long considered to be one of music's nice guys hasn't changed.
It is easy to miss Peter Coonan. The image of Fran from Love/Hate is so indelibly imprinted in my mind that I almost don't notice the smiling figure, bedecked in knee-length shorts and T-shirt messing on his phone in the back of the coffee shop-cum-pub that we've arranged to meet in.
It was the summer of 2015 when Luke Reilly and Dave Anthony faced a significant dilemma. Having completed their degrees in medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, they could either accept junior doctor jobs in a hospital - or sign a contract with a record label. They had two weeks to decide.
2007 There are signs that all is not well in the property market - new developments aren't selling out, buyers are pulling out of sales and a daft.ie report indicates a slowdown in prices in the second quarter of the year. But vested interests are still talking a buoyant game and not everyone is happy with those who question the strength of the market. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern puts it bluntly: "Sitting on the sidelines, cribbing and moaning is a lost opportunity… I don't know how people who engage in that don't commit suicide."
Paul Brady's recording studio is to be found at the bottom of his leafy garden. There's a busy road outside, not far from Sandyford, in south Co Dublin, but when you're in his studio, looking out at a wealth of trees, shrubs and flowers and absorbing how quiet it is, you might as well be in the heart of the countryside.
Forty years ago this month, David Bowie released a new single. 'Heroes' was an epic anthem underpinned by a spectacular guitar line courtesy of Robert Fripp of the progressive rock band King Crimson.
Thirty years ago, in the wake of the enormous global success of The Joshua Tree, the record industry descended on Dublin in a bid to find the next U2.
It was one of the publishing sensations of the decade. In 2006, it was impossible to escape talk of the self-help manual, The Secret. Penned by former Australian TV journalist Rhonda Byrne, sales rocketed thanks to the endorsement of Oprah Winfrey.
It is the morning after their first show in two years and Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power are still on that postconcert buzz. They debuted four new songs at Dublin's National Stadium - the home of Irish boxing and once, long ago, the venue for fabled Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy gigs - and were relieved that the fans lapped them up so enthusiastically.
Twenty years ago this weekend - Oasis released one of the most anticipated albums of the 1990s. Be Here Now would become the fastest-selling album in UK chart history (based on first-week sales) but the critical brickbats weren't slow in coming. It was, most seemed to agree, a bloated, over-the-top collection of stadium-baiting anthems where stupendous amounts of money were swishing about...
It is 1pm on a weekday afternoon and the line of people queuing outside The Happy Pear is snaking on to the street outside. There's nothing unusual about this - the healthy eating restaurant that first opened its doors on Church Road, Greystones, in 2014 is an institution and they come from all over to sample its salads, falafels and meat-free burgers.
It may be our national emblem, but you're more likely to see a hurdy-gurdy played on stage than a harp these days. Outside the realm of the National Concert Hall, this remarkable instrument - which has been a symbol of Ireland for centuries and was played by the country's first music superstar, Turlough O'Carolan, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries - is almost never seen.
On the second-last day of 2010, the body of a musician was found in a St Petersburg Hotel. It was Bobby Farrell, a singer from the Dutch colony of Aruba. Farrell had been a member of Boney M during their massive-selling heyday at the end of the 1970s, but few would have recognised the 61-year-old discovered by hotel staff in the old Russian capital.
Hoa Hoa was a Swedish weightlifter who was inescapable in his home country in 1974. This arrestingly monikered figure was the focal point of an advertising campaign to introduce paternity leave there - and over the next 40-odd years, Scandinavia's largest nation became a world-leading model for equality.
So this is what a crowd-pleasing U2 show looks like. From the moment Larry Mullen enters the stadium, strides to the secondary stage in the mosh-pit, takes his seat at the drum kit and bashes out the famous opening beat of 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', you sense this show will be different. And so it is.
The sight of carloads of surfers driving into Lahinch is a commonplace one. Nobody bats an eyelid when yet another vehicle with surfboards strapped to the roof pulls into town.
It may not always be reflected in the summer music festival line-ups, but this is something of a golden age for Irish female musicians. Our reporter meets six of the brightest young talents the country has to offer
It is almost 10pm on a July midweek night and the light is fading over Liscannor Bay. The waves are rolling to shore, but there's still lots of activity on this Blue Flag beach at Lahinch. Scores of surfers are still out, catching those waves and riding them home. A few start to pack up their things and make their way to cars and vans parked off the promenade. Others are, as yet, undeterred by the oncoming blackness as they paddle out to sea to ride one last wave.
In the middle part of the last decade, every music critic worth their salt was espousing the greatness of Canadian music. And there was so much of it. Arcade Fire had delivered the incendiary, glorious Funeral, Feist were capturing hearts with a beautifully realised pair of albums and Stars were working admirers into a lather thanks to their spirited torch songs.
Charlie Fink isn't the only musician to look to the theatre to refresh their sound - and the 'gig theatre' phenomenon will be coming to a stage near you soon. Here are three of the latest.
Billy Bragg is sitting in the bar of a swish boutique hotel in Dún Laoghaire, glorious summer sunshine and the sparkling Dublin Bay waters outside. But his mind is quite far away. Grenfell Tower in London is a smouldering ruin and he can't stop thinking about it.
It is a question that encourages Damien Dempsey to break out into the widest grin. Is he happy, I venture, with how his career has panned out?
Several years ago, around the time that Franz Ferdinand released their much admired debut album, I interviewed frontman Alex Kapranos and quipped that it wouldn't be long before the band would be fending off the groupies.
The green fields and high hedgerows in the Wexford countryside around the villages of Castlebridge, Screen and Curracloe must have felt utterly alien to Joseph Maskell.
Brian Byrne is a great believer in the far-reaching potential of a chance meeting. The Golden Globe-nominated film composer has become one of Hollywood's most in-demand music men and it might not have happened had he not met Tom Petty's road manager in his home town of Navan, Co Meath, 15 years ago.
She dropped out of school at 15 and took a factory job before finding her calling in animation. Now, Cork's Nora Twomey - one of the founders of the Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon - is working with Angelina Jolie and has been hailed by Variety as one to watch. Ahead of the release of her passion project The Breadwinner, she meets our reporter.
It sold out in just five minutes. Even those who were convinced that Electric Picnic tickets would be in demand when they went on general sale in March were stunned by the speed with which they were snapped up. And that was before a single act had been announced.
For almost a century, it was one of the most celebrated pubs in Dublin. Its striking exterior boasted six miniature monastic round towers that jutted into the sky and its façade had elaborate stucco work featuring such homegrown heroes as Daniel O'Connell and Henry Grattan.
Six months ago, in the run up to Christmas, it was impossible to get away from 'hygge', that Danish concept of contentment. A whole industry seemed to have sprung up to sell us the dream of living close to nature in gorgeous and expensive Scandinavian homes, of having unlimited candles at the ready for when our beautifully dressed and photogenic friends call round, of eating exquisitely presented food that's been foraged half-way up a mountain. It was hard not to be thoroughly sickened by it all.
The line of people outside the shabby looking house in hip Dublin 8 snakes on to the street. They are here to view a one-bedroom flat with a monthly rent of €1,300. Twenty two people - some of them coupled up - wait for the estate agent to arrive.
It is the creative writing initiative dreamt up, in part, by The Commitments author Roddy Doyle, and the Fighting Words programme is now part and parcel of school life at Oberstown.
On the face of it, the Sultans of Ping, Daniel O'Donnell and Pope John Paul II have little in common. And yet, they all enjoy equal billing at a new exhibition that puts vinyl album covers in the spotlight.
Is the arts world obsessed with youth? All those features seeking out the best new talent seem to focus exclusively on young bands and young writers. If you're creatively minded but have not published your first novel or recorded that debut album before turning 30, you might be forgiven for thinking the opportunity has passed you by.
There are times when it is easy to forget that Oberstown Youth Detention Centre is a prison. The new buildings are so architecturally pleasing and the elevated view across the rolling farmland of north Co Dublin so captivating on a summer's day that you might feel as though you've stumbled across the Scandinavian ideal of an Irish school.
Two years ago, Bob Dylan released an album of songs originally recorded by Frank Sinatra. Shadows in the Night focused on Old Blue Eyes' more sombre songs from his so-called 'saloon albums' and was almost universally praised. Dylan had successfully made the songs his own.
David Arnold was at the peak of his career - a Grammy-winning composer of Hollywood blockbusters and James Bond films - when he got a call out of the blue from Damien Rice's grandmother.
It's a bit like that hoary old buses cliché - you wait seven years for a new David Kitt album, and then two turn up within a few months of each other.
The move was first mooted in 1998, but for many of the thousands of women who have given birth there - and the large population of its staff - the National Maternity Hospital should have relocated from its base at Holles Street in Dublin a long time ago.
The Moroccan native has been living in Ireland since 2001 and has long considered this country to be his home.
The fourth-year medicine student at University College Dublin knew practically nothing of Ireland growing up in Saudi Arabia. But when her older sister was accepted into Dublin's Royal College of Surgeons' medical school and her entire family decided to relocate here, she was pleasantly surprised.
If things had worked out differently, Rejjie Snow wouldn't exist. Instead of hip-hop aliases, Alex Anyaegbunam would be a household name in Ireland thanks to his magic touch on the football field.
Even at a young age, Dubliner Victoria Johnston was aware that she was born into a Christian tradition that was removed from the prevailing church in the country and she says her devotion to the Church of Ireland has been unwavering.
Originally from Cameroon, Pastor Emmanuel Might has lived in Ireland with his wife and children for the past 14 years. He ministers at one of the pentecostal churches that mushroomed in Dublin in the 2000s and although the Solid Rock church is off the beaten track - it's based in a nondescript building in an industrial estate in Inchicore - it pulls in large attendances twice a week.
It has been impossible to escape Ed Sheeran and his big, smiley face this week.
On the face of it, they are just a pair of photographs of Prince hanging out at a child's playground. He's looking sombre in both, but the casual observer would think little more of it before turning to some of the more risqué shots in this new book of photos captured by the late musician's former art director, Steve Parke.
William Geary was a garda superintendent who was removed from the force in 1928. He had been accused of being an IRA informant following a short investigation. Disgraced, the Clare man soon felt compelled to emigrate to the United States, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Paddy Armstrong may have been out of prison for the best part of three decades, but his life still bears the hallmarks of being locked up for 15 years for a crime he did not commit.
The 1980s were just six months old when a debut album that would come to be regarded as one of the decade's greatest was released. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels was the work of Birmingham-based Dexys Midnight Runners and, in Kevin Rowland, it introduced a distinctive young vocalist and lyricist quite unlike anyone else.
Phil Collins is in self-deprecating form. Within the first minute of our conversation, when I ask him how he's coping with some much-publicised injuries, he quips about how he believes he is now seen by the public.
Prince Rogers Nelson was just 28 when he released the astonishing Sign o' the Times on the final day of March 1987, but even at such a tender age, he was something of a music-industry veteran. He had already brought out no less than eight albums, including one of the decade's most emblematic in 1984's Purple Rain, and there seemed to be no stopping this creative giant in a diminutive man's body.
It is a tradition dating back more than a century. When bodies are lost at sea, coastal communities show their respect by leaving lighted candles on their windowsills.
Depeche Mode and Anton Corbijn first became acquainted in 1981. They were an up-and-coming new wave band from Essex and he was a Dutch photographer making a name for himself at the NME. Back then, Britain's best-known music magazine was a very big deal indeed and Corbijn's photos of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher would have reached a lot of people.
We may only be in the third month of the year, but I'd be very surprised if the xx's I See You isn't towards the top of those best albums of 2017 lists come year end. Released at the beginning of January, it's an album I return to time and again, and offers further proof that Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith's band is among the finer British exports of recent years.
Young Dublin GAA fans, well used to seeing their team win All-Ireland football titles and dominate the Leinster Championship, may be surprised to learn that it wasn't always that way.
For much of last year, especially in the months around the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the country looked at itself like never before. Big questions about identity were the currency of the time: just what does it mean to be Irish?
Fitzwilliam Lane is a modest street near Merrion Square in the heart of Dublin. Unless you have business down there, chances are you've never had reason to visit. But it was all so different four decades ago. In 1977, Fitzwilliam Lane was one of the top destinations in Ireland for lovers of disco because it was here that Barbarella's nightclub was based.
The words tumble out, gather pace, ease back. They slap you in the face and get under your skin. They capture much of what it means to live in Ireland today. And if you thought a commission from the people behind Dublin's biggest festival would result in a liberal shot of sugar-coating, think again: this is verse to truly make you wonder what it means to be Irish.
Jens Lekman is about to release his fourth album, and if he says he's full of trepidation about it, he has every reason to be.
'I've never received a Valentine's Day card. Ever," says Al Porter. "And I'm someone who really doesn't mind Hallmark holidays. I love to celebrate - I'll throw a party at the drop of a hat."
He may have co-written virtually every song on it, but Glen Matlock reckons he has never listened to Never Mind the Bollocks from start to finish. It is one of the most significant albums of the 1970s and a milestone of post-war British culture, but the bassist, who quit the Sex Pistols in acrimonious circumstances just before it was recorded, has no desire to listen to it whole.
James O'Reilly is a 17-year-old from Dublin who enjoys playing both hurling and the piano. This summer he will sit the Leaving Cert and, soon after, take those first, tentative steps into adulthood.
There's no doubt about it. Vinyl is having a resurgence - and it's not just older people trying to reclaim their youth or hipsters looking for another slice of 'authenticity'. You might be surprised by the tender years of those perusing the vinyl sections today, and record shops are devoting more and more floor space to meet the demand.
Companies that sell tickets for concerts and other live events are facing a probe from the State's competition watchdog.
Todd Haynes, the celebrated American filmmaker behind Carol and Far From Heaven, made his directorial debut with a labour of love that's now regarded as a cult film. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story was released in 1987 and focused on the short and troubled life of the Carpenters singer, who had died four years earlier.
Michael Brook is a Canadian guitarist and composer who has worked with such leftfield musicians as David Sylvian, Robert Fripp and Iarla Ó Lionáird. But Brook has played his part in U2 history, too, even if his name is unlikely to register with many.
Jim Power remembers the occasion like it was yesterday. The well-known economist was addressing a public meeting in Co Cavan two years ago and was talking about the recovery he felt was well and truly under way in Ireland. But he was soon shot down by an audience member, angered by what he was hearing.
Not many would release an album boasting just one track and weighing in at 54 minutes, but few artists are as doggedly single-minded as Brian Eno. His latest offering, Reflection, does just that.
I have a lucid memory of Christmas 1984, or rather the weeks leading up to it. I was nine years old and the joys of music were becoming firmly immeshed. And that December, 32 years ago, there were different tunes than Abba playing on the turntable in the living room. Last Christmas and Do They Know It's Christmas? must have been played hundreds of times and that was because I kept...
John Meagher looks back at some of the people and events that made the headlines.
Not since Venus and Serena Williams in their pomp have two sisters hit the zeitgeist as profoundly as the Knowles siblings. Beyoncé released a stunning sixth album, Lemonade, which was record of the year for many - this critic included - while Solange's A Seat at the Table beat her big sis to the title of album of the year by taste-maker Pitchfork.
From Beyoncé's masterful pop statement to Bowie's poignant farewell, our music critic listens back to the sounds of an unforgettable year
The pop landscape of 1983 looked very different to today and for the record industry it was a time of untold riches. Albums and singles sold in such enormous quantities that it looked as though the good times would continue forever.
The Rolling Stones have released a new album, their first in 11 years. And here's the surprising thing: Blue & Lonesome is really, really good. It's been attracting glowing notices across the board and it's generally seen as their best album in at least three decades.
Michael Daly is a long-haul truck driver from Ballinasloe, Co Galway. He had been in fine health for all his adult life and then, at 52, he got news that was little short of a hammer blow.
Live albums are curious oddities. Even the better ones tend to just offer a faded facsimile of the concert spectacle and, robbed of audiovisual, multisensory glory, they can be aural documents to appeal only to the most hardened fan.
While the majority of men who are recommended to undergo surgery for prostate cancer chose to do so, a minority opt not to go ahead with the procedure. These, typically, are men in their 70s and 80s who have to reconcile the benefits of surgery with the likely side-effects, such as incontinence, and to consider all of that in light of their age.