Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

First of all, the A is for Augustine. On this fine autumn morning Prof John A Murphy is a slight and elegant figure, leading the way to his office – w(...)

The Pip: small and fob-like, it fits between finger and thumb and measures stress

Normally things are pretty peaceful at the offices of Galvanic, the Dublin company which has invented the latest device to merge the worlds of smart t(...)

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

Declan Bowens is a vegan who grew up on a farm. He is an animal rights protester who was born and bred, and still lives, in hunting country, and he(...)

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

In Britain the Macmillan Trust cancer charity has calculated that the average drinker spends an average of 315 days hung over; that’s almost a year, p(...)

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

The Learning for Life programme, run by the drinks multinational Diageo, ran for the first time in Ireland this year. It was aimed at young people (...)

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

Anne Ferris is tough and funny, extremely attractive and a smoker. You can’t help being drawn to her. She is Labour Party TD for the Wicklow-East C(...)

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.”

About 200 people came to the Clarion Hotel, on the banks of the Shannon in Limerick, this weekend carrying their dreams of stardom. TV’s new soap oper(...)

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

We are just going in to Any Dream Will Do, one of the many hits from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. “I closed my eyes . . . ” sings (...)

Nick Miller painting Ann Marie Hourihane at Laois Arthouse in Stradbally. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan 3:03

It is a bit of a privilege to watch someone painting. To see the artist Nick Miller start a portrait with two banana-like shapes in a flesh colour,(...)

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

At the heart of all great talent, and of all great change, is a mystery. Analysts can dissect the components that went into making a particular per(...)