Declan Bowens, who runs the Back into Daylight sanctuary in Co Meath, and Louis the goat. Photograph: Alan Betson

At the age of nine Declan Bowens became vegetarian, and later vegan. ‘Just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should,’ he says (...)

Ann Marie Hourihane in Cinnamon cafe, Ranelagh in Dublin: ‘Perhaps the problem about continuing to live without alcohol was that I just wasn’t terrorised enough; my relationship with alcohol wasn’t that fraught.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

When you give up drinking, you miss drinking: and when you go back to drinking, you miss giving up

Jonathan Wilson, Aaron Carey and Dane Carr, three of the successful Learning for Life scheme candidates, at the Guinness Storehouse. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A Diageo scheme takes 15 young, long-term unemployed people from working-class areas of Dublin and trains them for the hospitality(...)

  Anne Ferris photographed on the beach at Bray, Co Wicklow,  Photograph: Eric Luke

She was adopted and then at 16 gave up a child for adoption – little wonder Labour TD Anne Ferris is determined to change our arch(...)

Monika Gaciarz at TV3 auditions in Limerick for their new soap Red Rock. “It was very easy, very quick. The girl said if I forgot some of it to just make it up.”

‘To be honest, I just went on Google and typed in monologues for women and girls’

Matt Lapinskas, Lloyd Daniels and Danielle Hope in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

The new cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are preparing to close their eyes, draw back the curtain, to see for (...)

Nick Miller painting Ann Marie Hourihane at Laois Arthouse in Stradbally. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

For Sitting, his latest exhibition, Nick Miller has undertaken a marathon as he paints five portraits per day, with just one hour (...)

Reeling in the years: the many faces of Uncle Gaybo, including, top left, with his portrait in the National Gallery of Ireland in 2000; bottom left, the motorcycling enthusiast; inset left, on The Late Late Show in 1966; centre, presenting his Lyric FM radio show last year; middle right, shaking hands with Charles Haughey at a surprise party at RTÉ in 1998; and bottom right, as chairman of the Road Safety Authority in 2007

Gay Byrne turns 80 on Tuesday. This small, reserved man revolutionised Irish broadcasting, busted taboos and helped to drag Irelan(...)

Mary Curtis: ‘A lot of people record their programmes now. The challenge is to monetise that. It’s difficult, because people zip through the ads.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Maybe it was my mid-life crisis,’ says UTV Ireland’s head of channel about her move from RTÉ. She talks changing audiences, offic(...)

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