Matt Cooper: It became  obvious  to me that there was no difference between men and women when you’re working with good talented people

How to be a Man: Patrick Freyne talks to the Today FM broadcaster about fighting, housework, crying and his new puppy

 Comedian Al Porter  at his home in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

How to be a Man: Patrick Freyne talks to comedian Al Porter about being the son of a sergeant, growing up gay and what it means to(...)

’Everyone looks back at their own time and thinks that their age was better, but I actually think [my generation]went through a fairly privileged time… That first wave of feminism was really, really liberating.’  Photograph: Alan Betson

How to be a Man: Patrick Freyne talks to The Irish Times columnist about boyhood, feminism and balancing family and work life

The feminist movement has opened an awful lot of avenues for discussion. Men have to go ‘right lads, we have to have a bit of a chat here as well.’ I think some men feel ‘We’ve nothing to discuss. Everything’s great.’ It’s not. Masculinity is all over the place. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

How to be a Man: Patrick Freyne talked to Niall Breslin (Bressie) about masculinity, crying and the pressure

Edward Allen and Les Hanbridge from Wicklow, compete in the Special Horse Class on the last day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dancing in the mud and high fives at the entrance are part of last-day high spirits

 Cliffhangers: Michael Landes and Ophelia Lovibond in Sky One’s Hooten & the Lady

Hooten & the Lady is filled with nostalgia for the good old days, when stealing golden monkey skulls from spear-waving tribesfolk(...)

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope: Stefanie Preissner. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Too much TV glamorises ‘going out for the night, having sex with people, then dissecting it the next day over avocados’. Stefanie (...)

Back when once a week was often enough, our TV screens were filled with stunt-men, novelists, fugitives, sexy millionaires and ast(...)

Fans of TV3’s Red Rock have been waiting all summer to find out who killed Brian McGonigle, played by Sean Mahon.

As TV3’s hit soap returns to reveal who killed its principal baddy, its creators talk about the show, its future and keeping the(...)

Mischievous and  brooding: Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark. Photograph: BBC Pictures

Handsome, wilful, charismatic, brooding, honourable, frequently shirtless... why, oh why, is everyone so obsessed with this Poldar(...)

There are also people dressed as policemen monitoring the drunkenness of festival goers. These are not real policemen. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Patrick Freyne on the final, smiling day of Electric Picnic

Helena Daly from Co Mayo, Emma Ryan from Co Sligo, Jessica Murphy from Co Clare, and Sarah Murphy from Co Cork at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thousands wander around looking hungunder while under Drunk Police surveillance

Author Roald Dahl (1916 - 1995), born in Wales of Norwegian parentage. Photograph by Dumant/Getty Images

In the early days, he was a lone anarchist on a rampage and there were angry letters from librarians, but we learned to love his s(...)

Botton’s up: X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger

In search of the meaning of life/pop music, Patrick Freyne stumbles through the wastelands of X Factor and the VMAs

Sue, the passive aggressive pig in Vodafone’s ad

Advertisements replace my recurring anxieties about death with impulses to buy stuff. Here are some of my favourites from the rece(...)

The writer of political sitcom Yes, Minister, Antony Jay, recalls in a 2013 interview the series’ devastating dissections of polic(...)

Take a walk through a history of Irish festivals, from mass and Feile to the Beat on the Street

Rose of Tralee contestants march in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City.

The Roses' job is to float around smiling and wearing a sash, which resembles a bandolier

Freefall: Self-employed people are not entitled to jobseeker’s benefit or the illness or disability payments that many of us take for granted. Illustration: Zack Blanton/Getty

Rose, Joe, Jean and Gerard all worked for themselves. When the recession hit they had nothing to fall back on. Are things about to(...)

Shepherdess Caroline from the Channel 4 series Eden

The slow-moving ‘Eden’ is actually harmless enough - but is also a reminder that the colonisation of Ireland began as reality-TV s(...)

Patrick Freyne in the Phoenix Park (the dosser). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Work-life balance is the booby prize God gives to people who are failing

“We’re like sardines in a can”: Claire’s hotel room, drawn by her son

More than 1,000 homeless families live in single rooms in hotels and B&Bs. Some of them tell us about daily life.

A beleaguered genius or  a self-satisfied comment section hit by lightning and come to life? Rami Malek in Mr Robot. Photograph: Amazon Instant Video

As the hit US conspiracy show finally arrives on Irish screens, Patrick Freyne dons his wrinkliest tin-foil hat...

Familiar and cosy: Saturday Night with Miriam. Photograph: RTÉ

Tubridy and D’Arcy, weak from their eternal struggle, have retreated and the the queen of midsummer chat is back to rule over mid(...)

Friends and flatmates Jon and Laura in the one-off documentary Life Stripped Bare. Photograph: Channel 4

Three households are stripped of everything they possess to find out what makes them happy. It turns out what they really need is (...)

 Brexit campaigners: “The Leave campaign’s often dubious messages resonated with people more than Remain’s abstract economic reasoning – where even Remain voters parroted debunked claims that EU membership costs the UK £350 million a week.”

Leave supporters were, for the most part, not triumphalist. If anything, they were fatalistic, angry and unenthusiastic

 Patrick Grant, Esme Young and Claudia Winkelman from the BBC series The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee exhibits the best of British values; meanwhile, on a visit to Kerry, Top Gear doesn’t

Protesters in  Parliament Square in London at Brexit vote. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Protesters gather in front of UK Houses of Parliament under a banner declaring ‘Fuck Brexit’

Luther Ward and Tommy End  during their wrestling match at the Over the Top Wrestling event held in the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin recently. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Skulduggery and athletic prowess make for a heady mix at this ‘pantomime for grown ups’

Traders from BGC, a global brokerage company in London’s Canary Wharf financial centre, react during trading  after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Photograph: Russell Boyce/Reuters

‘It’s an opportunity to make loads of money. Or to lose a lot of money.’

Ukip leader Nigel Farage  delivering an anti-EU speech ahead of the vote. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Others lament ‘stupidness’ of poll: ‘It shouldn’t have come down to a cheap vote’

Metteo Impelliccieri and Alessio Gagliardi. The two young Italian men seemed incredulous that the UK would ever leave the EU.

Pros and cons of ‘foreigners’ the main topic on referendum day in former Irish heartland

A pop-up “Brexit Tattoos” shop offers satirical anti-EU  tattoos for free, in central London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

According to Brexiters, unlike gazelles and zebras, the UK is better off going it alone

Bang! The Rubberbandits Guide to 1916 on RTÉ1

From homegrown one-offs to Netflix originals, it’s shaping up to be a good year for great TV

In Stratford-Upon-Avon people are unsure how they will vote. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

In the Bard’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon confusion and uncertainty reign supreme

Ukip leader  Nigel Farage  and other Brexit campaigners take part in a minute’s  silence for murdered MP Jo Cox in Gateshead, England, yesterday. Photograph: Scott Heppell/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit Remainers are thin on the ground while Leavers fret about jobs and security

Making hay: Conor Kelly from Ahascragh at Farming & Country Life 1916. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Weekend Read: A recent gathering in Athenry revealed that country living was never easy, but reports of the death of rural communi(...)

Big Brother is boring, depressing, irresponsible and disturbing. But in the prison of Orange Is the New Black, there is always ho(...)

Six go driving: Tinie Tempah, Sharleen Spiteri, Eddie Jordan, Chris Evans, Seasick Steve and Matt LeBlanc in  South Africa. Photograph: BBC Pictures

The previous version had over-privileged, white, straight men freewheeling through their natural environment - but the reboot is (...)

Find a mate: the Love Islanders in their native habitat

UTV plans to save these fragile creatures with an ambitious breeding programme

Summerhill resident Peter Wall with fibreglass  lions he  rescued from a local skip and restored. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Social problems will remain in inner city long after media spotlight fades, say residents

Bruce Springsteen performing at Croke Park. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Craftsman’s rock is the sound of dignified, defiant defeat, and the crowd loved it

Bruce Springsteen fans queueing at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Thousands of obsessed fans gather for evergreen singer’s 3½-hour Dublin gig

In Richard III, the posh are culled with war. In Made in Chelsea, they use passive-aggressive texting. Thank the socialist gods, t(...)

 Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly present the final night of the British queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

Behold the queen’s televised birthday bash, held in an enclosed section of her favourite garden, Britain, and featuring all of he(...)

Eurovision Song Contest winner 2016 Jamala representing Ukraine celebrates in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Australia tops the jury vote but televoting swings contest to Jamala’s ‘1944’

 Iveta Mukuchyan representing Armenia performs during rehearsals for the Grand Final of the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on Friday. Photograph: EPA

From the political posturing of warring divas to bad indie music here’s our essential guide to Eurovision viewing

“It’s D-Day!”: Nicky Byrne performs Sunlight in Thursday’s Eurovision semi-final. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

Ireland won’t feature in tonight’s Eurovision final, but don’t blame Nicky Byrne. A week in Stockholm tells us that, to win, you (...)

Nicky Byrne performs ‘Sunlight’ during the second Eurovision semi-final in Stockholm on Thursday. Photograph: Maja Suslin/EPA

Former Westlife singer still in shock after Eurovision semi-final exit in Stockholm

Nicky Byrne performing ‘Sunlight’ at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Photograph: Maja Suslin/AFP/Getty Images

Former Westlife singer fails to qualify for final of song contest with ‘Sunlight’

Nicky Byrne erforms the song ‘Sunlight’ during rehearsals for the second semi-final of the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest  at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Maja Suslin/EPA

Singer up against Serbian leather fetishists and Danish lighthouse-keepers in semi-final

Claire Foy in The Crown

A replica set of Freddy’s barbecue joint; star turns from Gervais, Kevin Spacey and Kate Mulgrew; and talks about algorithms and t(...)

 Former Westlifer Nicky Byrne meets fans while  on the red carpet ahead of  the official opening ceremony of the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest,  at the Euroclub, Stockholm, Sweden,  May 8th, 2016. Byrne will perform the Irish entry in the contest, the  grand final  of which will take place  this Saturday, May 14th. Photograph: Pontus Lundahl/EPA

In recent years songs have improved (seriously) - this time there’s even more to marvel at

On song: Moate Children’s Choir, winners at the 2015 ESB Feis Ceoil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Annual event continues to celebrate the music skill it has highlighted since 1896

This just in: Jon Snow on his slab

The fantasy series built its reputation on bloody murder. But is its body count – and its blase attitude to death – starting to s(...)

Tubridy sitting beneath a smock as Margaret Curran applies his make-up. “This is one of my least favourite things,”

We go behind the scenes at one of the world’s longest-running chatshows

Sixth-class pupils of St Patrick’s National School in Ringsend take the GPO. Among their number are Josh King, Paul Kobus, Rhys Ennis, Evan Kelch, Darragh Ryan, Leinard Regalado, Sean McPeake, Lee Eager, Alex Eager and Jake Bui. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As the 100th anniversary of the Rising approaches, 5ft rebels storm the GPO with wooden rifles and funny moustaches. Spirits are s(...)

 Michael Healy Rae: “Maybe it’s not every day a group of politicians play a bit of music on the bonnet of a jeep outside of Dáil Eireann. And why not? Why shouldn’t we?”   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Investigating the most boring crisis in living memory, TV3’s latest hysteria-maker was little more than an hour of competitive cy(...)

Good moaning: Carmen Silvera and Gordon Kaye in ‘Allo ‘Allo!

As Brexit-obsessed Britain threatens to turn back the Euro clock, the parallels between the classic BBC sitcom and Tory nativism b(...)

The 63-year-old Ballymena man is to receive an Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award at the Iftas tonight at the Mansion House

Ahead of receiving an industry award at the IFTAs, Liam Neeson on the journey that saw him play Michael Collins, a Jedi and God

 Where the magic happens: the sex box on Channel 4’s Sex Box. Photograph: Channel 4

The Channel 4 series returned this week, this time featuring a Flemish sexologist, an eyebrow-raising Welshman and far too many do(...)

Irene Crawley and Joe Dowling from Hands on Peer Education (Hope) at the memorial on the corner of Seán McDermott Street and Buckingham Street in Dublin.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Prescription drugs have changed the inner-city Dublin drugs scene in the past two years. Dealing in these semi-legal products is l(...)

Gift of the garb: Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh,  Marty Morrissey, Liz Nolan  and Marty Whelan  on last week’s Late Late show. Screengrab: via RTE Player

From a vintage car piled high with RTÉ celebs in period costumes to Geldof’s scathing analysis of its legacy - the optics of the (...)

Some hate mail from Mr Bingo

Mr Bingo’s Hate Mail started as a joke on Twitter but his deliberately rude postcards quickly became a profitable enterprise

Today presenters  Daithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane. Photograph: RTÉ

To find out what’s really going on, look no further than Midday, Today with Maura and Dáithí and The Seven O’Clock Show

Revolutionary spirit: Bernie Sanders campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination to run for the White House. Photograph: Joshua Lott/Getty

Jacobin, a left-wing US magazine, is publishing an issue on the legacy of 1916. Its publisher, Bhaskar Sunkara, explains why it’s (...)

Mutant accent: well holy God, it’s Michael Fassbender as Magneto

From Batman’s Chief O’Hara to the Healy Raes, from X-Men’s Magneto to the Aliens in Toy Story, the Irish have always loomed large (...)

“A lot of them never had anyone believe they could do anything.” Stephen Plunkett, chief executive of U-Casadh, and Johnny Delaney, who attends the project. Photograph: Patrick Browne

U-Casadh, a programme initiated by a one-time prison officer, provides support and training to former prisoners. The results have (...)

Urine for it now: Grylls regularly appears out of nowhere, like a creature from folklore, to reprimand his celebrity charges and talk up his own prowess. Photograph: ITV

'Bear Grylls: Mission Survive' and 'Rich, Famous and Homeless' offer more proof, if any was needed, that we love watching celebrit(...)

Brainstorming at 1916 Democracy Cafe: “People need to get involved and have a say in what happens.” Photograph: Nigel Hanlon

Low turnout in inner-city Dublin reflected a lack of faith in politics, but that may be changing

The idea of becoming a journalist came from “watching Humphrey Bogart with a trilby on saying things like ‘hold the front page, sister’.” In retrospect he’s amazed at how easy it was.

The journalist and TV host talks about a life spent asking questions, his recovery from serious illness and how he fears he will b(...)

One is mildly amused: When Ant and Dec Met the Prince. Photograph: ITV

Ant and Dec were given a year of access to the future king, and what resulted was an hour-and-a-half of interesting blazers, unint(...)

Tommy Hilfiger  with models backstage at his show  during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Park Avenue Armory. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger

Designer Tommy Hilfiger's nautical-themed fashion show leaves Patrick Freyne feeling all at sea - and that's before the writer's r(...)

Core issues, warm-hearted    Des Bishop’s Election (RTÉ2, Monday)

Never mind the leaders' debate. The true pulse of the nation was checked at FB HQ, by Vincent Browne and wherever Blindboy Boatclu(...)

Psychic Grainne Ni Mhealoid   says Enda wants to “get into bed” with Fianna Fáil. But the cards generally suggest a coalition with Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and a bunch of Independents or People Before Profit. “A three-way thing.” Photograph:Dave Meehan

‘That’s the card of stress, of anxiety, of things being all over the place’: we ask two tarot card readers how the general elect(...)

Workrate: a hotel-cleaning agency specified that cleaners spent, on average, 15 minutes cleaning a stayover room and 30 minutes cleaning a departure room. Photograph: Fstop Images/Getty

Customers in Irish hotels see little of people who clean up after them: non-unionised foreign staff many of whom, in fear of losin(...)

Sullenly handsome, rubbery: Bobby Cannavale as record executive Richie Finestrain Sky Atlantic’s Vinyl

TV review: Nostalgia and violence loom large in Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger new series for Sky Atlantic; but there's not a shr(...)

Get out the vote: Mark, who’s not sure who he’ll support. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Inner-city Dublin is a low-turnout zone, due to broken promises and political alienation

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

The most lasting friendships are based on shared interests and values and humour, not the possession of similarly shaped genitals

The Good Wife: a stylish period drama about now

In 2014 I wrote that the legal drama was the best show around – the news of its demise, and a few dodgy seasons since, haven’t cha(...)

The contestants on The Jump 2016. Photograph:  Channel 4

Celebrities dressed in multi-coloured onesies being hurtled to their potential death? Channel 4’s winter-sports reality show real(...)

Mitch Pileggi, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and William B Davis in the new mini-series of The X-Files

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reopen The X-Files, but this one seems like a conspiracy too far

Landscape of Lies: the Loose Women presenter Andrea McLean (right) unwittingly took part in the film

When Aoife Madden met Bashar al-Issa they ended up swindling the UK government out of millions through their aptly named movie ‘L(...)

Three episodes in and Patrick Freyne is really enjoying Andrew Davies’s six-part adaptation of War and Peace

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara and Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in the 2015 RTE TV series ‘Charlie’

Colin Teevan – screenwriter for the 2015 TV series ‘Charlie’ – recalls meeting the late Government press secretary PJ Mara while r(...)

Pushed to the Edge is an elaborate ruse in which unsuspecting strangers are coaxed into what they think is murder by mentalist Der(...)

Marilyn Monroe: her 1955 new year’s resolutions included a heartbreaking committment to go more regularly for analysis. Photograph: Hulton Archive

New year resolutions are less altruistic than in the past, and 88 per cent of them get broken anyway, but maybe 2016 is the year t(...)

Paul McCartney initially sang “scrambled eggs” to the tune of Yesterday

Great songs tend to be about something, although you can always go with some gobbledegook and then make sense of it later

Old Moore erroneously predicted pregnancies for many celebrities this year. Photograph: Thinkstock

After a year of analysing the predictions of Old Moore’s Almanac, there are some things we can confidently say the deathless sooth(...)

If 2015 has taught me anything, it’s that art is not a spectator sport – everyone can join in

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: wherein eccentric slave-owner Gene Wilder employs mind-games to help choose an heir

Some Yuletide traditions warm the heart and bring people together, and some are abominations against all that is good in the world(...)

Patrick Freyne and his wife and cowriter, Anna Carey. “Do not tell people that this was originally a song about our cat,” Anna says. “They’ll think we’re creepy and mad”

Can just anyone write a Christmas hit and essentially ‘win the lottery’ by coining it on royalties every December? Patrick Freyne (...)

Home safe and sound: Wuffles made it back safely to Linda Malone and her daughter Aoife

There has been an online revolution in how lost dogs are tracked, writes Patrick Freyne

Vincent Browne broadcast live from Dublin pub The George to celebrate the equal marriage referendum. “This is the new reality,” many thought. It wasn't

UTV Ireland launched, Vincent Browne went to the George, superheroes were everywhere, Netflix came of age ... yes, it was a very g(...)

Last month it was revealed that undocumented migrants were being taken advantage of in Irish fishing vessels

His declarations could be apocalyptic or amusing, but Old Moore and his almanac keep churning them out

Denis Cowap, Mariana Varvara and her baby Luca, and Stuart Comerford after collecting food parcels from the Capuchin Day Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Weekend Read: When money’s tight and rent and mortgage payments still have to be made, food is where increasing numbers are cuttin(...)

Bag lady: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe in new US drama series Blindspot, currently showing on Sky Living

New TV series Blindspot is high on concept but makes no allowances for your intelligence, while Netflix's Jessica Jones offers (...)

From helmet-haired devil children to horses with legwarmers and a young Alan Hughes, there's a lot to terrify in Yuletide adverts (...)

Neil Strauss: “There was a threesome I had, and a husky dog there kept trying to make love to me. I left that out of the book”

Strauss made his name with ‘The Game’, his account of the art of picking up women – and of group sex. Now he’s married with a baby(...)

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