At home by the Lee: John Spillane. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

I’m from the edge of the city, Laburnum Lawn, in Wilton. The back of our back garden was the ditch, and beyond that was the orchard and then the meado(...)

Scorpion is inspired by a true story about eccentric genius Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel)and his team. Pictured left to right: Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn, Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd, Elyes Gabel as Walter O'Brien, Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen and Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis. Photograph: Getty Images

In the opening scenes of Scorpion (Thursday, RTÉ 2), child hacker Walter O’Brien is arrested by Robert Patrick from Terminator and extradited to Am(...)

David Chase: “The analogy I’ve always said is that ‘The Sopranos’ was like the Mir space station. It was only meant to stay up there for a year but wound up staying up there five years”

David Chase, the man who revolutionised television drama with The Sopranos, doesn’t really watch much television. He really wanted to make films, a(...)

Kate and Steven from the RTÉ documentary ‘Clubland’: “She is literally like a sister to me,” Steven says

“Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn,” says Steven Bateson, an eager young man who didn’t get enough points to be a “unicorn” (there’s a(...)

Finbar Furey: ‘I knew I’d never be able to play the pipes as well again,’ he says of an injury to his shoulder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Finbar Furey loves the idea of his music bringing people together. This happened at the World Cup in 1994, he says, when Holland were playing Irela(...)

Experiences: when you’re biking “you’re really focusing, and that is hugely satisfying”, says James Wallman. Photograph: Daniel Milchev/Stone/Getty

As anyone with a Facebook page knows, as they scroll through other people’s family outings, kitesurfing adventures and faraway sunsets, “experience” i(...)

The judges of The Voice all those years ago

There’s an X Factor/Britain’s Got Talent trope, best exemplified by Susan Boyle, in which an ordinary-looking person turns out to be unexpectedly w(...)

So great was Dogtanian and the ThreeMuskehounds that it was recently remade by the BBC, but instead of casting cartoon dogs they employed the leather- and-suede-clad human members of a 1980s hair-metal band

“It’s the year of our Lord 1625,” announces the narrator of Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, an enthusiastically dubbed Spanish/Japanese cartoo(...)

Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey in RTÉ’s three-part drama series Charlie: “I was trying to find a middle ground where his look and sound could meet what I was capable of without being ridiculous or distracting.”

A living imitation of Charles J Haughey is looking at a monitor, near a two-bar heater. “That’s some make-up,” I say. “Make-up?” says the actor(...)

Darkly kitsch, troubling: Daniel Clowe

Happy New Year! Recently, after compiling a list of my favourite superhero comics some people asked for a list of great comics of a non-superhero v(...)