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Frank Kelly: “he had stories coming out of his ears. It was always incredibly entertaining to be with him.”

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Some of Frank Kelly’s memorable radio sketches on The Glen Abbey Radio Show were phone calls from gombeen culchie Gobnait O’Lúnasa. Photograph: Finbar O’Rourke/Collins Dublin

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Keri Russell (left) and Matthew Rhys star as Soviet spies in FX Networks show ‘The Americans’.

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Nelly and  Nora makes its debut on RTÉjr next month.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

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Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)