Marek Skiba (51), orignially from Poland, was described during his funeral Mass at the St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Ennis (pictured) on Monday as ‘a soft soul who only wanted a beautiful ordinary life’. Image: Google Streetview.

A funeral has been held for a man who died in Co Clare on Christmas Day but remained in a mortuary for more than a fortnight as there was no money to (...)

Broadcaster Joe Duffy told radio listeners that comic Brendan O’Carroll (above) had contacted the show and offered to cover the costs of a homeless Polish man’s funeral. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Comedian Brendan O’Carroll has volunteered to cover the funeral costs of a man who has been lying in a morgue since he was found dead in Ennis, Co Cla(...)

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City

VINYL Sky Atlantic, February If you’re making a drama about the 1970s New York music scene, what better man to have on your creative team than Mick (...)

Conor McGregor  in The Fighting Irish: Reality Bites (Thursday, RTÉ Two, 10pm). Photograph: RTE

Gerry Adams: War, Peace and Politics (Monday, TV3, 10pm) Gerry Adams is a complex and controversial figure in Irish life, in the thick of the politic(...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

Jamelia and her dance partner Tristan MacManus during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: PA

Can 10 million viewers be wrong? In these days of televisual diffusion, with many of us recording programmes to watch at another time, sitting down Go(...)

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Brendan OCarroll  at the Ifta Gala Television Awards 2015. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Brendan O’Carroll was among the big winners at this year’s Ifta Gala Television Awards held last night (Thurs), when he received a Lifetime Achievemen(...)

Brendan O’Carroll: “It’s a cliche, but whatever about being a hit in England and South Africa and Canada and New Zealand and Australia, you want to be recognised at home.” Photograph: Barry McCall

He has been a bona-fide star for years, but Brendan O’Carroll is never too far from a reminder of his old life. When he hears of people in financia(...)

A screengrab from a video in which Mrs Brown and Lenny Abrahamson join forces and call for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage rReferendum on May 22nd . Video: Treasure Entertainment

A video starring Ireland’s ‘Mammy-in-chief’ Mrs Agnes Brown and directed by Lenny Abrahamson is urging people to vote Yes to in the same-sex marriage (...)

St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The weather stayed dry and, even more remarkably, so did some of the post-parade events on St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Despite the risk inherent in th(...)