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(...)

Teresa Ferreira and Miguel Gomes  from Oporto in Portugal dressed for the occasion on Sunday in Dublin  as the St Patrick’s Festival gets into full swing. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The annual ultimate celebration of Irishness, the St Patrick’s Festival, is in full swing with carnivals and pageants underway ahead of St Patrick’s D(...)

Brendan O’Carroll pictured with Eva Crean, Stepaside Dublin (right) and Ella Hannon Moss, Mountmellick, Co Laois, at a press conference on Moore Street, Dublin on Monday, announcing him as St Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal for 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Brendan O’Carroll of Mrs Brown’s Boys fame has been named as the St Patrick’s Day 2015 grand marshal, capping off a successful year for the actor and (...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)

Winner of the Philanthropist of the Year  award  Brendan O’Carroll, with fellow winners Jim and Adeline Callery and David O’Brien of BNY Mellon. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Brendan O’Carroll (on left) has been given the title Philanthropist of the Year by the Community Foundation for Ireland for his work with St Vincent d(...)