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(...)

Prof Brian Cox photographed in front of a Peter Monaghan installation called Concave Convex at the new O’Brien Science Building UCD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Rock star turned scientist turned rock star scientist Professor Brian Cox is one of the great explainers. But even his gifts of communication could no(...)

Delegates mix in the yard at  Dublin Castle during a break at the Global Irish Economic Forum yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

The boys and girls of the Global Irish Economic Forum got back to school yesterday. Their task? To come up with a bright idea like The Gathering, the (...)

Latest prices: contenders for this month’s prizes. Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/The Irish Times. Odds from William Hill and Paddy Power on October 3rd. Original photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

A pony on the nose for Colm Tóibín and a monkey on the jolly for the Mercury. The big rise in culture betting may not have arty types cluttering up bo(...)

Fermanagh’s Conor Quigley (right) battles for possession with Ronan Flanagan of Cavan at Brewster Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cavan 0-13 Fermanagh 0-11: Clue by cryptic clue, Cavan are finding their way out of the forest. If Armagh’s doomed tactical wheezing had given their p(...)

Brian May  performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena  in Belfast. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Long before he became a star, Brian May was a stargazer. As a child he was inspired by Patrick Moore’s The (...)