Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 2 December 2023 Dublin: 2°C


1st December 2023
Fairytale of New York: How a lifelong punk wrote the seminal Irish Christmas song
A report by
Carl Kinsella
More than three decades on, a campaign is under way to get the song back to the top of the charts.
This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Pogues frontman and songwriter Shane MacGowan has died aged 65
The influential musician, songwriter and singer was best known as the lead singer of the Pogues.
The singer died in the early hours of this morning surrounded by his wife and family
President Higgins said his songs "connected Irish people all over the globe to their culture"
'One of music’s greatest lyricists': Tributes paid to 'genius' Shane MacGowan
Modern family homes close to Cork from €310k
A striking new collection of beautifully-designed A-rated homes in the picturesque town of Midleton.
Paul Lynch: From film critic to Booker Prize-winning writer
His fifth novel, Prophet Song, about a tyrannical government won the 2023 prize last night.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Derry Girls wins International Emmy for Best Comedy Programme
Sister Michael would be proud.
Last month
November 2023
Jennifer Aniston pays tribute to 'Friends' co-star Matthew Perry
Aniston said: “Rest little brother. You always made my day.”
QUIZ: Cow-abunga! How much of a dairy expert are you?
See if you qualify as a dairy expert.
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
October 2023
'It's been a huge labour of love': Garry Bannister on his 700,000-entry Irish-English thesaurus
The 2kg book is shortlisted for Best Irish Published Book of the Year at the An Post Book Awards.
Schools are removing outer doors on bathrooms to crack down on students vaping
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
One principal said vaping is an issue in every school in the country.
Parents from one school in Monaghan were upset to find out that the decision was taken without their consultancy.
One school said the practice is not unique to them and that many schools have opted to take the same precaution.
Hundreds gather to watch new statue of Michael Collins be unveiled in Cork City
The statue is a “nostalgic nod” to an iconic photograph taken of him in Wexford in 1922.
'Sure I only got a little piece of paper... It won't sink in until I'm actually in Paris'
Ireland’s first major international heavyweight medallist in 76 years, the 20-year-old Jack Marley, can make a dent at next summer’s Olympics.
Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she and Will Smith have been separated since 2016
the actress revealed that her and Will Smith decided to “live separate lives” for the past seven years.
Sinn Féin says 'putting manners on you' comments were not directed at Jennifer Carroll MacNeill
The remarks, made by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, came during an RTÉ budget debate
Stockholm is to ban petrol and diesel cars from its city centre, should we follow suit?
Exceptions will be made for police cars, ambulances and other security services
Poll: When did you last use Aertel?
RTÉ announced yesterday it is to close it’s Aertel service next week.
'Astonishing and admirably raw': International reviews praise U2's opening nights in Las Vegas
Over the weekend U2 played two shows at the futuristic venue and reviews of the “spectacle” are now in.
September 2023
Poll: Will you watch Strictly Come Dancing this evening?
Irish TV presenter Angela Scanlon is among the contestants taking part in the show this year.
Patrick Kielty on his new film and how he thought he was being pranked when it was offered
Kielty stars alongside Seána Kerslake in uplifting tragicomedy Ballywalter.
The Late Late Show bags new sponsor ahead of show's return tonight
Permanent TSB says it is partnering up with a “national institution”.
Annie Mac tells UK govt that women have to fight for their right to safety in music industry
The Dublin-born DJ, broadcaster and writer told of her experience in the music industry to the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee.
Freddie Mercury's baby grand piano sells for £1.7 million at London auction
The manuscript for the classic Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody fetched £1.3 million at the Sotheby’s auction.
August 2023
Drug 'surrender bins' to be in operation again at Electric Picnic, gardaí warn no amnesty given
The HSE screening team found drugs that had never been detected in the state before at the event last year.
Students canvass Dubliners to join the rent-a-room scheme in an attempt to increase bed supply
The scheme was criticised by the Union Of Students in Ireland as a “band-aid” to the accommodation shortage.
Families of those killed in 9/11 attacks split over plea deal that excludes death penalty
The prospect of more delays sharpened last week when a military judge in a separate Guantanamo case rejected torture-tainted confessions.
Landlord letting room by college campus asks students for 20 hours' childminding in lieu of rent
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris described the arrangement as ‘very unorthodox’.
Electric Picnic confirms 2024 festival is earlier than usual and tickets are already on sale
Electric Picnic announced this morning that they are plan on moving the festival forward to August in 2024.
Student Accommodation: Landlords join calls for caution and blame 'unfavourable conditions' for scarcity
Three separate warnings have been issued in the last week, as availability of student accommodation continues to dwindle.
Dublin city crime: statistics indicate return to pre-pandemic incidence of assault
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
A series of serious assaults have made headlines in recent weeks, and official crime statistics are known to under-report the scale of the problem.
The Journal examined statistics on recorded crime in the Dublin Central North and South districts.
One crime expert said that the "dark figure" in crime statistics usually results in around 70% not being reported.
“I ran as fast as I could”: British tourist describes the moment he was assaulted in Temple Bar
Tourism Ireland announce Ronan O'Gara as the face of Cork in France
The Corkman will advertise Cork to the French in hopes holidaymakers visit the county during the off-season.
July 2023
San Francisco warns Musk he needs permit for giant, flashing X sign
Local residents complained about the flashing lights emitting from the sign at night.
Tenants say no alarms were heard during fire where floors 'filled with smoke' in Dublin
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
Tenants in Ballymun said as they reached the second floor, they were “blindfolded in a smokey room”.
Sinéad O'Connor's managers say she was considering making her book into a film before her death
67 Management’s Kenneth and Carl Papenfus said they were sending their love, thoughts and prayers to the singers family.
'Fiery, fierce and bold to the core': Fans gather to remember Sinéad O'Connor in Dublin City
Fans of the singer gathered in Temple Bar this evening and lay out flowers, signs, newspapers and candles.
The legendary singer was one of this country’s most internationally famous musicians and was much-loved at home and abroad.
One fan said she, her sister and her mother "really bonded over her music since a young age".
Another fan wrote a poem that discussed many of the topics that made O’Connor the legend she was, including a mention of her 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance where she ripped up a photo of the pope.
Barbie smashes Irish box office with biggest opening weekend this year or last year
The Cillian Murphy-fronted Oppenheimer also packed in moviegoers for a bumper weekend at Irish cinemas.
Barbie takes US box office crown and Oppenheimer soars in ‘historic’ weekend
Both films vastly outperformed projections and gave a glimmer of hope amid the backdrop of strikes in Hollywood.
Arts Council research shows 'worrying level of decline' in young people attending cultural events
A German policy to give each young person a €200 pass for cultural events is being examined by the Arts Council.
Surrealing in the Years: The martyrdom of a humble Toy Man
Ryan Tubridy sees himself as a victim of recklessness with the public purse, rather than a longstanding beneficiary.
National Museum rolls back commitments on strategy for colonial objects
Strategy to assess legacy collections promised in 2021 will now be delivered ‘in due course’.
Japanese politicians and public mark first anniversary of Shinzo Abe assassination
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to tackle pressing political goals as a way of honouring Abe’s wishes.
June 2023
Trailer Watch: Which film will you see this weekend?
Here’s a few options for weekend watching.
Madonna recovering after the pop icon spent several days in intensive care
The pop star’s upcoming tour has been postposed after she was hospitalised with a ‘serious bacterial infection’.
Irish actors Paul Mescal and Kerry Condon invited to join Academy
Tom Berkeley and Ross White, whose short film An Irish Goodbye won an Oscar, were invited in the Short Films and Feature Animation category.