For 44 episodes, we’ve been watching the story of two feuding families – one poor, one rich-ish – living in the fictional suburb of Red Rock. As an(...)

A self-portrait by cult comic-book creator Daniel Clowes

Superheroes have taken over the world and Daniel Clowes is confused. Clowes, a creator of weird and wonderful indie comics for more than 30 years, (...)

In CSI: Cyber (RTE2, Tues) FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) plays a behavioural psychologist who heads up a team of computer boffin(...)

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ní Bhroan with their twin 5-year-old children Tess and Rosa Cullen Byrne after voting in Monkstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

  Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney  “It like Christmas Eve when I was a ten-year-old,” says Gráinne. “I couldn’t wait for nine o’(...)

 Micheal Baron (left) founder of Belong with his husband Jamie Nanci at North Strand polling station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney For a long time, says Orla Howard, she has pictured “walking up the hill, as a family, to the polling station.” Orla (...)

I have a vague childhood memory of collecting tadpoles for school (before this was considered cruel) and the teacher accidentally leaving them in a(...)

Tom Kitt: “I found it hard to call myself a professional poker player . . . The first question people ask at a wedding is, ‘What do you do?’ And I wonder, ‘Do I tell them?’” Photograph: Danny Maxwell

There’s a sound like that made by crickets in the conference room at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. It’s the sound of hundreds of people flicking their (...)

Paddy Power, communications director of  Paddy Power: “We don’t want problematic customers because that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here for entertainment.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Welcome to Disneyland,” says Paddy Power, the communications director who shares a name with the company he works for. He’s giving me a tour of “Powe(...)

Losing hand: problem gamblers can be “as miserable as cancer patients”. Photograph: Michele Galli/E+/Getty

‘The first day I did it I felt bad,” says Jim. While he was working at a bank Jim went into a friend’s account and stole from him. He kept dipping (...)

Photograph: Isaac Brekken/New York Times

Chris bet on horses but had never been to a racecourse. He bet for seven hours a day. He bet while he was at work, under the nose of his boss – “He th(...)