A YouTube screen grab of Val Doonican during the Val Doonican Show on BBC in 1983

The Waterford-born singer Val Doonican has died aged 88. His penchant for individually styled casual pullovers, middle-of-the-road crooning and a gent(...)

Derek Davis with Rose of Tralee contestants in 1996. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Derek Davis, who has died aged 67, had a long and distinguished career as a newsreader, reporter and presenter. The flood of tributes that swiftly fol(...)

Una Davis her son Michael and his partner Georgina arrive at the funeral service of her husband  Derek Davis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Grief has a way of making you feel very old and very young at the same time. So said Seán Davis at his father’s funeral in Dublin on Monday afternoon.(...)

Derek Davis: said he had developed his large, ebullient “persona” to match his size. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

  “Derek Davis could well have been with me on the boat on Lough Sheelin today, waiting for the mayfly to rise,” said Derek Evans, friend (...)

The national gradh – or weakness – for politics cannot be denied. There we were, hundreds of us, pressed into doorways, tucked away behind corners, hu(...)

President Michael D Higgins, with his wife, Sabina, and Joe Duffy, surrounded by pupils of St Patrick’s National School, Ringsend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kay Keogh from Ringsend watched the happy scenes at the church door. The children had been very serious to begin with, concentrating deeply on forming(...)

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary and AP McCoy talk horseracing at the Punchestown festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All that was missing was a plague of locusts on day two of the Punchestown festival. Lightning flashed, thunder rolled and a storm of hailstones produ(...)

We might all come together to agree that the winner of the long-haul holiday with €20,000 spending money on The Late Late Show, anchored by the  ebullient Ryan Tubridy, did not deserve it half as much as us. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

RTÉ wants to know if I want to contribute to its “guiding set of principles”. Actually, it’s inviting everybody to do this. A few weeks ago it publish(...)

Road Safety Authority chairwoman Liz O’Donnell has insisted she enjoys a good working relationship with Garda management despite criticisms by her predecessor Gay Byrne about  inadequate traffic enforcement levels. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

Road Safety Authority chairwoman Liz O’Donnell has insisted she enjoys a good working relationship with Garda management despite criticisms by her pre(...)

The site at Long Acre slopes gently down towards the Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head  and is  in a special amenity area which means it can’t be used for development purposes

A house on three acres close to Howth summit has to be one of the best properties to come on the market in recent years in Dublin. Those who live u(...)