Going, going, gone?: Ray D’Arcy with Zig and Zag and, from top, Brain Freeze, Bosco and Twigín

After 55 years RTÉ is hoping to get out of making programmes for children. But will it make any difference in a world of always-on(...)

The conference heard income growth in Ireland was flat during the 1970s and 1980s but then rose sharply until 2008

Professor says narrative has resonance in US but there are differences in other countries

Enda Kenny and  Joe Schmidt: the hard-won Grand Slam of 2009 had created a narrative of “hubristic excess, followed by punishment and redemption”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Academic paper says fortunes of Ireland’s rugby team mirrored Celtic Tiger years

A  younger Ray D’Arcy presenting 2Phat on the then Network 2 station around the year 2000 with notorious puppet brats Zig and Zag. File photograph: RTÉ

Jobs lost as broadcaster to commission all young people’s TV from independent sector

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne in studio for his Lyric FM programme from which he  is obliged to take a break due  to illness. Photograph: The Irish Times

He combines a natural genius for broadcasting with ferocious professionalism

An anonymous group of Facebook employees has contradicted Mark Zuckerberg’s assertion on the scale of the problem

Users engaged more with false stories than legitimate ones before going to polls

Breitbart executive chairman and Trump campaign chief executive Steve Bannon: Breitbart could become, in the words of one of its former employees, Trump Pravda. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

‘Alt-right’ site accused of anti-semitism and racism could now become ‘Trump Pravda’

Hungarian watchmaker Istvan Hanga adjusts the hands of a clock, operated by Kecskemet Cathedral’s original mechanism, in the Bozso House Watch Collection in Hungary. Photograph: Sandor Ujvari/EPA

On the centenary of the introduction of Daylight Saving, is it time for a review?

The archive includes footage of a priest who balances his niece on a sword as part of his magic routine.

Broadcaster releases series of ‘weird and wonderful’ videos dating back to 1960s

Jim Sheridan: his short film ‘11th Hour’ was screened in Dublin last Saturday. Photograph: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty

Scripted by journalist Lise Hand and starring Salma Hayek, ‘11th Hour’ is set on 9/11

Selina Cartmell said she was honoured to be given the opportunity of running the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The TCD graduate will succeed Michael Colgan, Ireland’s best-paid arts executive, in January

Campaigns to retain or get rid of the Eighth Amendment are well under way already on the streets. Photographs: The Irish Times

War of words and hashtags part of building awareness ahead of potential referendum

Bob Dylan in New York in 1963. Photograph: William C Eckenberg/The New York Times

Swedish Academy defends award for ‘poetic expressions within the American song tradition’

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: increases in funding for a range of arts and heritage bodies have been broadly welcomed, but the National Campaign for the Arts say Ireland’s expenditure on arts and culture is still the lowest in the EU. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Humphreys announces boost to range of bodies including €5m for Arts Council

Pat and Kathy Kenny arriving at the Irish Film and Television Academy awards (Iftas), being held at the DoubleTree by  Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Winning TV shows include ‘Daniel & Majella’s B&B Road Trip’ and ‘The Day Henry Met’

‘All over the world, democratic institutions we thought were permanent and safe are under pressure from unbridled populism,’ says Robert Harris. Photograph: Norbert Millauer/AFP/Getty Images

Best selling author believes democratic institutions are under pressure from ‘unbridled populism’

Clergy, choir members  and the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, at St Michan’s Church at a Mass to mark the start of the Michelmas law term. Photograph: Collins

Name derived from red robes worn to symbolise Holy Spirit’s tongues of fire

Dublin Theatre Festival director Willie White and Oberon, played by Harry Jardin from the cast of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, at the launch of the festival, which runs from September 29th to October 16th. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Don Giovanni’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Seagull’ on the bill for 2016

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: “I go to lots of other cities and I meet many people who regard Dublin as a very successful city.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council allocates €1m this year from ‘very constrained economic situation’

08/09/2016-FEATURES-Hugh Linehan (centre) with, from  left, Tony Bates, Rory McNab, Broden Giambrone, Frankie Gaffney, John Leonard and Gerard Craughwell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

How to be a Man: In a new ‘Irish Times’ series, seven Irish men discuss the changing world around them

 HomePlace, a new arts and literary centre which will mark the life and work of Seamus Heaney, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, in Bellaghy, Co Derry

Family will open HomePlace dedicated to late poet next week in Bellaghy, Co Derry

Gay rights activists, including Peter Tatchell (second left), protest outside Uganda House in London in 2009. Mr Tatchell dedicated his acceptance to “the heroic LGBT campaigners . . . spearheading the fight for LGBT rights in Uganda.” Photograph: Reuters

Veteran campaigner honoured with James Joyce award and fellowship from UCD

 Siege of Jadotville  veterans Michael Tighe (left) and Tom Cunningham  arriving at the film premiere at the Savoy cinema in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Siege of Jadotville’ based on true events forgotten for many years, veteran says

Juggler Tony Mahon of the Dublin Circus Project performs in Dublin Castle on Culture Night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Hugh Linehan: A great chance for venues to get people in who have never been before

Oscar and Heather Barry from Cobh at the launch of the Culture Night Cork City Programme in Wandesford Quay Gallery. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Organisers ‘forging ahead’ with over 3,000 events scheduled for natiowide celebration

Dermot Morgan and Ardal O’Hanlon in  ‘Father Ted’,  which was first broadcast on  Channel 4

It is clear Ireland and Britain are totally different – except for our language, food, books, education, legal systems, humour and(...)

Animation Ireland members with some of their cartoon creations.

Employment in sector has increased to all-time high of 1,600 in Ireland

Director of the National Library of Ireland Sandra Collins: “With physical artefacts, it invokes the physical, emotional and spiritual in a way that digital can never do.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Five-year plan involves revamping building and connecting with a global audience

 In her new book, The Gardener and the Carpenter, the professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Alison Gopnik, lays out a stark “manifesto against parenting” as a pernicious concept which distorts the meaning of caring for children. File photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

Prof Alison Gopnik says US parents encouraged to think of their children as products

Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick, who will front a brand new current affairs show on Wednesday nights,  pictured at TV3’s Autumn launch at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Broadcaster expanding Irish-produced output and looking to put dent in competitors’ ratings

Hector Ó hEochagáin at the launch of TG4’s autumn schedule at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: 1Image/Bryan Brophy

New programmes include a comedy-drama described as ‘Spinal Tap with a bodhrán’

WhatsApp has announced plans to share users’ phone numbers with its parent company Facebook. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Messaging service announces plans to share customers’ numbers with parent company

Rose of Tralee compere Dáithí Ó Sé with this year’s contestants. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Audience for RTÉ’s broadcast of the final has declined by 33% over the past six years

Dubliner Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown in his hugely popular sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys. Photograph: BBC/Alan Peebles

Mrs Brown’s Boys is voted Best Sitcom of the 21st Century by Radio Times readers

President Michael D Higgins offers condolences to Elizabeth (wife of late jazz guitarist Louis Stewart) during the latter’s funeral at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Greenhills, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Musician of international stature had played with greats including Benny Goodman

Kathryn Thomas, Claire Byrne, Ryan Tubridy and Miriam O’Callaghan at the launch of RTÉ’s new schedule in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TV schedule launch mixes razzmatazz with stern assertions of public service values

 Ryan Tubridy with Miriam O’Callaghan, Kathryn Thomas and Claire Byrne pictured at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season’s shows for RTÉ. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

New documentaries, entertainment and lifestyle shows announced at launch of TV season

Clones historian George Knight,  Monaghan county heritage officer Shirley Clerkin and Pat Treanor of  Fáilte, inspect the recently uncovered ruins of the Clones plantation castle that will be on public view for the first time during National Heritage Week. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick

People of Clones thought all that was left of the castle was subsurface remains

A visitor investigates what it would have been like to aim a Thompson submachine gun down the long tunnel at the grounds of the Casino at Marino in Dublin, where the weapons were test-fired during the War of Independence.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thompson submachine guns tested underground by leaders in War of Independence

Some members of the Irish hockey team – particularly those from an Ulster Protestant background – struggled with the words for Amhrán na bhFiann  ©INPHO/James Crombie

‘Shoving Connie around the field’ is no substitute for learning the real words in Irish

‘A Fair Day’ from ‘So near and so far’, an exhibition of photographic prints by world-renowned British photographer Martin Parr at Roscommon Arts Centre. Photograph: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Martin Parr’s evocative images recall rural life at pivotal time of changing values

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on August 9th. Photograph: AP/Evan Vucci

If the traditional news cycle is dead, what replaces it?

 Culture Night 2016  launched its programme at the ArtBox Gallery as  ballerina Lisa Tighe, and  Brazilian Capoeira dancers, Frances Matthew and Larry Connolly performed.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Some 1,400 venues to throw open their doors to public

Clannad, pictured in 2011. Left to right: Moya Brennan, Pól Brennan, Pádraig Duggan, Ciarán Brennan, Noel Duggan.

Multi-instrumentalist was part of group from its early days in Donegal

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes in a mail to staff noted that “change can be disconcerting, but ultimately I have always believed that change is good”.

Dee Forbes will be obliged to deploy her extensive experience on behalf of broadcaster

Oliver Hughes was one of Ireland’s top publicans and a pioneer in the craft beer revolution. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Great Hall at Royal Hospital Kilmainham packed to overflowing for memorial service

Tommy Hodson (5) from Co Kildare at the open day at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. Photograph: Maxwell

Trocaire and UNICEF represented at commemoration of humanitarian crusader

Gallery owner Oonagh Young, who will work on The Tree Line Project on James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Arts Council is handing out more than €800,000 in awards for seven projects

James Joyce Street as imagined: The project is Inspired by the “city forestation” carried out by German artist Joseph Beuys during the early 1980s in the German city of Kassel.

Project aims to revitalise an area in the city centre made infamous by James Joyce

The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, overlooked by the Christ the Redeemer statue. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Brazil’s political crisis, doping and Zika have dampened anticipation for this year’s Games

The judge said that Sean Carraher, of Stradbrook Hill, Blackrock, Dublin, had “all the attributes of a bully”. He used “the anonymity of one-way traffic of the internet” to make allegations of corruption. Photograph: Getty Images

Defamation and harassment cases show existing laws are working, say legal experts

Saint Etienne church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray where Fr Jacques Hamel was killed. Terrorism – the use of murderous violence against civilians to spread fear and uncertainty – is inextricably linked with the emergence of mass media. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

What comes through our screens does not necessarily represent reality

Graffiti artist Maser whose Repeal the 8th artwork on the Project Arts Building was subject to planning permission and had to be removed. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Image on Project Arts Centre was removed as it violated planning regulations

Illustration: Mustafa Hacalaki/Getty

For Impact Journalism Day, three social leaders get together to talk about solutions

 Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell: from received morality to damage limitation. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Eclectic line-up of speakers tackled Turkey, Brexit, Trump and Donna Summer

Yanis Varoufakis said the EU is like Hotel California; you can check out but you can never leave. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Former Greek finance minister says his country is now being ‘run by email’

 Reflection (Self Portrait) by Lucian Freud: his works, on loan from private collections, will be presented in a dedicated Freud Centre in Imma’s  Garden Galleries for five years.

Irish Museum of Modern Art to receive €371,000 for improvement works

The Digital News Report 2016 (Ireland) indicates we have the highest level of primarily digital consumers and of mixed traditional and digital consumers, putting Ireland before the US, UK and Australia in digital enthusiasm. Photograph: Getty Images

Report reveals growing significance of Facebook and smartphones

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

McBride’s is one of a number of high-profile culture contracts due to expire

A street trader at the 1916 battle site on Moore Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Consultative group will be set up to discuss ‘positive progress’ for historic 1916 site

No 16 Moore Street was the site where the leaders of the Rising gathered on April 26th, 1916 for the final time before their surrender and executions. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/Irish Times

A number of State agencies have expressed concern over street’s national monument status

(From left)  Maeve McMahon, director of customer experience and products at Ulster Bank, Gerard O’Neill, chairman, Amarách and Tim Griffiths, MD of OMD Ireland at the launch of the second ‘Future of Ireland’ nationwide study on Monday.

People in Dublin less likely to feel pride or sense of belonging compared to those in Munster

 Gabriel Byrne with  Michael Colgan: Mr Colgan is by far the longest-serving chief executive in the Irish theatre world, as well as the most highly remunerated, receiving €231,000. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

Artistic director will hand over to successor – the fourth in theatre’s history – within a year

Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson. He criticised the creation of the new Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht

Meeting discusses tactics following controversy over ‘downgrading’ of government department

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Seán Kyne: said Irish recognised as official and working language in EU, and new jobs will offer practical reasons for young people to study Irish. Photograph: Alan Betson

Recruitment campaign launched for first 62 positions in Brussels and Luxembourg

News streaming on an iPhone: Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Broadcasters seek urgent improvements to ‘inefficient’ television licence fee system

The broadcasting charge, which was intended to cover changing technologies such as the use of mobile devices like the iPad, above, has been parked by the Government. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independent broadcasters say ‘efficient and cost effective’ method of collection needed

A memorial for boxing legend Muhammad Ali is seen outside the Overthrow Boxing Club in the NOHO area of New York. Photo: EPA

Boxer’s influence was felt from the Black Power movement to the literary world

Denis O’Brien:  ‘Sunday Independent’ coverage had been more negative towards him. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Research explores correlation between media ownership and coverage of certain issues

A fikle image of actor Keira Knightley and writer/director John Carney at a press conference for  ‘Begin Again’ in 2014.  Photograph: Getty

‘Sing Street’ and ’Once’ director had said ‘I’ll never make a film with supermodels again’

Pictured at the Christ the King sculpture exhibition by Irish American artist, Andrew O’Connor at the Dún Laoghaire Lexicon from left are Jeremy Kenny who donated the archive files for the exhibition, Dr Elizabeth Mullins, School of History UCD, Andrew O’Connor (grandson) Lilly Hardiman O’Connor (great great granddaughter) and Andrew O’Connor great grandson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Restored sculpture’s long journey from back garden to seafront recalled in new exhibition

The way we were: Brid Dooley, RTÉ’s head of archives, at the storage depot  in Sandyford. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Footage includes de Valera, Heaney, Pope John Paul II, JFK, the Beatles and Bono

Knowledge economy: dlr LexIcon library – pictured before its books arrived – shows how a modern public library can be a place of exploration, play, performance and creativity. Photograph: Alan Betson

Futurologists predicted that libraries would have closed by now, but they have a key role to play in the knowledge economy

Building site: workmen lay concrete at the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street, 1926-7. Photograph: Dartmouth Building Works Collection/courtesy Irish Architectural Archive

After the 1916 Rising it took just 11 years to reconstruct O’Connell Street – a year less than the Luas Cross City line – but the (...)

Preservation challenge: Delegates from the world’s foremost audio-visual archives will come to Dublin for a two-day conference, Archiving Tomorrow 2016, co-hosted by RTÉ Archives and the Digital Repository of Ireland. Photograph: Getty

‘Urgent intervention’ required to preserve the world’s film and sound recordings

Marie Heaney (wife of the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney) and her granddaughters Aibhin (eight) and Anna Rose (nine)  Seamus Heaney HomePlace a new arts and literary centre which will mark the poet’s life and work in Bellaghy, Co Derry.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan.

Initiative in Bellaghy celebrates Nobel laureate in town where he spent formative years

Nicky Byrne performing Sunlight in the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Photograph: Andres Poveda

From Georgian rockers to Norwegian ice queens, plenty of variety in second semi-final

Johnny Murphy as Estragon on the stage of the Gate Theatre  during rehearsals for Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot in 2002. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Project includes hundreds of videos, scripts and programmes

Many companies block access to sites such as YouTube and Facebook from office PCs, but this is fast becoming irrelevant, with the vast majority of traffic to social-media platforms now coming via mobile apps. Photograph: Getty Images

Men spend more time than women on social media at work

 Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht: Heather Humphreys  with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny after receiving her seal of office. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

More than 5,000 sign online petition protesting new ministerial brief

Gerry Adams apologised for “silly and stupid” mistake on Twitter, but also said he had been “paralleling the experiences of the Irish, not just in recent times but through the penal days when the Irish were sold as slaves, through the Cromwellian period”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Understanding of 17th century history is inaccurate and fuels racist agenda, say critics

Sergey Lazarev representing Russia performs the song ‘You Are The Only One’ during the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Jonathan  Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images.

Hugh Linehan: Swedish hosts show Common European Sense of Humour show has failed

To unpick what really happened, we need to consider the deeply peculiar phenomenon that is the @GerryAdamsSF Twitter account. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president’s retreat from incendiary tweets exposes an underlying anxiety

WB Yeats’s Nobel Prize in Literature medal has been donated to the National Library of Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Poet was awarded literature prize in 1923 for ‘giving expression to spirit of a whole nation’

Poet Paddy Bushe, sculptor Imogen Stuart and painter Maria Simmonds-Gooding  at the Aosdána general assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Group calls for new protections for heritage sites following Disney’s use of Skellig Michael

 Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.The success of the hit HBO series  has propelled the North into the international spotlight as a filming location.

Millions of people will watch ’Game of Thrones’ on Sky, but many more will stream or download it illegally

Any old silver? Hiberno Norse silver penny showing Sithrick of Dublin, minted circa 995-1020. Photograph: Werner Forman/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

World-Tree Project aims to assemble world’s biggest digital archive of Norse culture

Prince performs alongside Tom Petty after at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City. Photograph: Getty Images

Death of tiny collossus at aged 57 leaves music world and industry in shock

Prince performing in March  2009 in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com

The US singer was a driven perfectionist whose creative output was staggering

Noel Curran at Dublin City University: he noted that three consecutive recommendations by the BAI that RTÉ’s public funding should be increased have been ignored. Photograph: Eric Luke

Outgoing DG says broadcaster unable to solve ‘structural’ problems on its own

Lois Kapila: the  managing editorer of the Dublin Inquirer wants to produce ‘a local publication that is recognisably Dublin, and is a space for quality local journalism’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Newspaper will be sold through retail outlets and vending machines for €3

Golfer Nick Faldo, director Pedro Almodóvar, actor Jackie Chan and impresario Simon Cowell are among the celebrities linked with the Panama Papers

Irish Times among more than 100 partners collaborating on vast whistleblower project

The view from Hawkins House, Poolbeg Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A cluster of the city’s most despised structures is likely to be demolished. Should we care?

Michaella McCollum Connolly (23)  pictured in Peru talking to RTÉ. Photograph: Trevor Birney/RTÉ/ Press Eye.

Analysis: Drug smuggler’s first TV interview since leaving Peru prison was soft

The project to sell off part of the Montrose campus to fund investment is under way. Photograph: Alan Betson

New director-general faces major challenges as broadcasting landscape changes fundamentally

Dee Forbes. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

CV includes high-ranking management positions with some of biggest names in international TV industry

You don’t really need a dedicated box to do any of this.

From Netflix and YouTube to Amazon Prime and Apple TV, Hugh Linehan asks is this the end of television as we know it?

President Micheal D. Higgins and his wife Sabina chat to Siptu Members, dressed as members of the Irish Citizen Army, at the Ceremonial event for the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly, Liberty Hall. Photograph: Maxwell

Social transformation proposed by Connolly ‘staunchly opposed’ by many nationalists

Some of Ireland’s best known singers, musicians and performers – including Imelda May and Gavin James – came together for ‘Centenary’,  which told the story of modern Ireland through music, dance and song. The show was broadcast live from Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on RTÉ One on Easter Monday.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

1916 commemoration production found its stride with some haunting performances

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