Ill-judged narration: Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh

It was a time when, to coin a phrase, we all partied. The capital was notorious for its conspicuous consumption, with money pumped into showpiece p(...)

Rabble roused: callers make Dublin sound like a cross between Trainspotting and Hogarth’s Gin Lane. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty

Iraq is torn apart by a bloody Islamist insurgency, Gaza is again ravaged by Israeli air strikes, the revolt in eastern Ukraine rumbles on, and the(...)

Nicky Byrne: effortlessly convivial

In a classic episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, the eponymous star, Jerry, approaches television executives with an idea for “a show about nothing”. I(...)

Audrey Carville: the journalist has been doing a sterling job as a summer presenter on Drivetime

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always polarised opinions, but such has been the carnage in Gaza that it has been particularly difficult to re(...)

Exit stage left: Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many years ago, the English comedian Alexei Sayle joked that anything could be justified so long as it was for charity, the punchline being that if(...)

World Cup Supporters’ Club: John Murray

We are, one might have noticed, in the midst of a mania that grips otherwise sensible individuals once every four years, when sound judgment is rep(...)

Tuam scandal: a grotto at the site of the former mother-and-baby home  in Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It’s not a profession that invites sympathy, but there must be times when it’s tough to be a shock jock in Ireland. As the catalogue of appalling reve(...)

Newstalker: Ivan Yates

Listening to Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue, there are times when they sound less like news anchors and more like a vaudeville double act. As if there (...)

Former minister Alan Shatter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There may or may not be a “dark side” lurking amid the force, but there is little denying that, after years of trying to nail their man, the police(...)

Pat Kenny is eventually expected to bring in more than 150,000 listeners

Newstalk wants an influx of younger listeners and “Pat Kenny loyalists” to make it “the number one talk radio station in the next five years”, says(...)