Generation Selfie: Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams, Martina Anderson (front left) Lynn Boylan, Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Every election in Ireland over the past decade has been forecast as the first “digital election”. None has really lived up to the billing. Back in 2(...)

Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Christmas special of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Mammy’s Christmas Punch, was the most popular festive programme on Irish television this year, with just un(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott with Don Cossack at his Cullentra House yard in Longwood, Co Meath. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Most elite trainers project a public persona, maybe even cultivate it. Dermot Weld is noted for a certain patrician loftiness, Aidan O’Brien for veeri(...)

Jamelia and her dance partner Tristan MacManus during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: PA

Can 10 million viewers be wrong? In these days of televisual diffusion, with many of us recording programmes to watch at another time, sitting down Go(...)

Jay McGuiness and his professional partner Aliona Vilani perform a Pulp Fiction-themed jive. Photograph: BBC / Guy Levy

In Donegal, it was reported that Saturday evening Mass attendances were suffering. Prayers were said. Alas, there is no God, and Daniel O’Donnell is o(...)

 Daniel O’Donnell (centre) is embraced after he and his partner Kristina Rihanoff  became the third couple to be voted off this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series on BBC1 television. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell has become the third celebrity to waltz out of Strictly Come Dancing - but said it was “the right time for me to go”. O’(...)

Pat Kenny hosted five episodes of the television show for UTV earlier this year. Photograph: Maxwells

UTV Ireland has confirmed Pat Kenny’s talk show In the Round has been axed – but the channel said it is looking forward to working on new projects wit(...)

Drop and give me 20, grunt: Irish Defence Forces trainees at the Curragh boot camp, in Recruits

You come into work one day and your boss puts his face in yours and roars, “You look like a f***ing bag of shite.” Do you a) tell him to f**k off, he’(...)

Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell is the latest celebrity contestant revealed to be taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Getty

Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell is the latest celebrity contestant revealed to be taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. The 53-year-old croo(...)

Craving a wee holiday before our actual holiday (six days to go, not that I’m counting) we hightailed it to Portadown for the weekend. This particu(...)