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

The idea that there is “too much TV” will seem like heresy to anyone who grew up in an era when the amount of available TV was so finite it was possib(...)

Conor O’Toole:  “I reckon around year 10 I’ll figure out how to write jokes.”

Each year, performing artists make a pilgrimage that each must take at least once in their artistic lifetimes: they head north to pay their respect(...)

Small world: Seán Barrett, who plays Fr Fitzgerald, whose dreary drone over the PA system enables the priests to escape undetected from the lingerie department in Father Ted, also appears on the cover of How Soon Is Now?, the classic single by The Smiths

Me and Father Ted go way back. Okay, I wasn’t actually in seminary with the lads, but I was at the press launch for the very first series, in the I(...)

Nelly and  Nora makes its debut on RTÉjr next month.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 1:12

An Irish children’s animation series has won a worldwide distribution deal before it is due to released on RTÉ. Nelly and Nora has been snapped up by (...)

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

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

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 (...)

Freckle-faced golden boy: Tony O’Reilly, at the height of his success, in 1999. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

If a novelist made up the life of Tony O’Reilly the subsequent book review would surely consider it too perfect: the freckle-faced golden boy who b(...)

Constantin Gurdgiev, who is part of the line-up for the Kilkenomics festival, a three-day mash-up of economics and comedy taking place in Kilkenny next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So many bubbles are popping up in the Irish economy that it’s in danger of turning into an Aero bar. Another one clearly emerging, which policymakers (...)

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in RTÉ’s  ‘Love/Hate’

The nights, like the football transfer window, are closing in fast, signalling that it’s time to give up on life and get a Netflix subscription. Alter(...)