Samuel L Jackson, a top snake-wrangler and “mudebroth”, as St Patrick might have called him.

As the acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny demonstrated in Washington, we’re not short of religious swearwords in this country, or of a willingness to use the(...)

Portrait of Saoirse Ronan by Barry McCall

STEAL v SPLURGE: Splash out on this suede biker jacket for €1,465.95 from Rag & Bone at Harvey Nichols or stay dry in this suedette version for €(...)

At the launch in Google’s offices of its interactive street tour of 1916 was Lieut Gearoid O’Briain, a great-grandson of Cathal Brugha.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Taoiseach has suggested that Northern Ireland’s new First Minister Arlene Foster should speak about her own views on the Easter Rising even if sh(...)

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn: There is no significant British investment in Ronan’s frame. The BBC has not financed Michael Fassbender’s left leg

Relations have not always been sweet between the two largest islands in our archipelago. After a millennium of atrocity, outrage, and misunderstanding(...)

Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Six Irish films are to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month. It had already been announced that Rebecca Daly’s Mammal, a(...)

Talent pool: Colin Farrell in Yorgos Lanthimos’s brilliant, surreal satire ‘The Lobster’

Oh, Jesus! Do I have to interview Colin Farrell? That’s always like pulling bleeding teeth. “Howya! Ah, everything’s great, thank God!” he bawl(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

Wicklow film maker Simon Fitzmaurice at  the international festival premiere of his first feature film My Name is Emily at the Toronto Film Festival.

Wicklow film maker Simon Fitzmaurice has attended the international festival premiere of his first feature film My Name is Emily at the Toronto Fil(...)

The weather A lot of dry weather to come for the rest of the week and probably into next weekend though still a few drops of rain around. The b(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama declares the Special Olympics open at the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, USA, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s athletes received one of the loudest cheers of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday night as they marched in(...)