Gay Byrne was the first broadcaster in Ireland to instigate telephone technology as part of what we now know as ‘talkback radio’. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Gaybo changed Ireland: discuss!” That’s the question broadcast historian Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill set for herself, and her conclusion is emphatic. “G(...)

Clockwise from top left, Alex Barclay, Marty Whelan, Louise Phillips and Kevin Barry

  Alex Barclay My livingroom bookshelves are my favourite part of the house. They arrived as big, filthy, spider-covered pieces of oak(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

Lord Powerscourt built Tara Beg, on the Hill of Tara in Co Meath in the 1960s, to be nearer to his daughter who had married Sir Hercules Langrishe.(...)

The certificate granting the ‘Freedom of the City of Dublin’ to the artist Sir John Lavery in 1935 has turned up after 80 years and is to be sold at auction later this month. Photograph: Fine Art & Collectibles Auctioneers & Valuers

The certificate granting the Freedom of the City of Dublin to the artist Sir John Lavery in 1935 has turned up after 80 years and is to be sold at auc(...)

Ryan Tubridy: on his first day he invites his audience to text the show and visit its Facebook page. He then gleefully adds, “Here’s a revolutionary thought – you can just listen to it.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

He’s only been back on RTÉ Radio 1 a week and already it feels as if Ryan Tubridy has never been away. That’s partly because he wasn’t really gone,(...)

The Late Late Show returns for its 54th season tonight. If each episode were to start with a “previously on the Late Late Show” segment it would be(...)

Billy Walsh: has overseen spectacular success for Irish boxers in his years as head coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Given how cheaply and meekly the Irish State surrendered its sovereign status in recent years, it really should be no surprise that this sorry mess of(...)

Gertie Shields began campaigning for reform of drink-driving regulations after the death of her daughter in a crash in 1983.

Presenting Gertie Shields, who has died aged 85, with the supreme award at a 2013 ceremony, the then chairman of the Road Safety Authority, Gay Byr(...)

Cutting hair at Sam’s Barber’s on Ormond Quay in Dublin

Know a great barber? You can vote for your favourite barbershop in our Best Shops competition by clicking here.  Grooming is booming in Du(...)