Garda Brian Cox was in his uniform and clearly identifiable as an officer on duty at the time. Photograph: Frank Miller

The father of a garda who was beaten up and stabbed as he attempted to arrest a man in Dublin at the weekend has said some people “have lost all respe(...)

Black Square (still) by Grace Weir. Courtesy of the artist

3 Different Nights, Recurring – Grace Weir Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin ****  Artists who work with video and film ask a lot of the(...)

Moles in MI5: Tom Hughes as Joe Lambe in the BBC spy drama The Game

Ready the spy cameras, dust off those tape recorders with spools the size of hubcaps, dim the skies to a sludgy grey: the cold war is on screen again.(...)

‘Beaming down the bog’: sunrise on Mweelrea, Co Mayo. Illustration: Michael Viney

The first real day of spring is when the mountain moves out of the way of the sun. Freed from Mweelrea’s flank last week, it beamed down the bog to wr(...)

Photogenic: Heida Reed as Elizabeth and Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in the BBC’s gorgeous new version

What I like most about Poldark (BBC One, Sunday) is that you don’t have to think too hard. There are the good guys – Ross Poldark, his poor but loyal (...)

Mayo supporter Mick Barrett being removed from the pitch in the closing moments  of the Kerry-Limerick All-Ireland football semi-final in Limerick. Photograph: Inpho.

The Mayo supporter who invaded the pitch during August’s Kerry-Mayo All-Ireland football semi-final is likely to be stuck with his 12-month suspensio(...)

No-go zone: Ronan Keating with Laura Michelle Kelly  in Goddess

Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough, Michael Bay. Despite last week’s glitzy Dublin premiere . . . despite the presence of two Irish ac(...)

The Dacia Sandero Stepway: some stick-on plastic bits and taller springs do not a 4x4 make

Let us consider the very large. In the whole visible universe, or at least the bits of it that our Earthly telescopes have swept, the biggest s(...)

Brian Cox: ‘My family are all Irish. They were forced to move, to wander and be uprooted.’ Above, in Conor McPherson’s The Weir. Photograph: Helen Warner

Shortly after 6pm, the stalls and balconies in the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End are empty. A faint smell of paint and wax lies in the bac(...)

A large back-lit image of the Large Hadron Collider at the Science Museum in London. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty

I left school knowing some French, a bit of Latin, how to do buttonhole stitch and how to iron a man’s shirt. But no science. Which is why, when I wen(...)