Sean O’Rourke: his no-nonsense interview style sometimes comes across as heavy-handed

Talk about returning from holidays and feeling like you’ve never been away. Listeners to Today With Sean O’Rourke (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) expecting(...)

 Actor Tom Cruise  arriving at Iveagh House in Dublin to receive his certificate of Irishness. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Millions of people all over the world like to claim they have Irish roots, but perhaps not enough to stump up €40 for a certificate to prove it. New(...)

Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

In his first American film, Michaël R Roskam, the Belgian director of Bullhead, dares to emulate (or accidentally echo) one of the key relationship(...)

Dennis Lehane: his latest work, The Drop, bears his trademark imprint and has an incident-packed intensity, dialogue-driven narrative and sharply etched characters. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone were all very fine film adaptations of Dennis Lehane novels, so there’s a kind of inevitability to t(...)

John Connolly is at his very best here: angry, polemical and compassionate. The Wolf in Winter is a brilliant performance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Discussing the challenges of maintaining interest in a long-running fictional detective, Dennis Lehane recently asked, “Have you ever heard any(...)

He started and so he finished, in first place. Irish man Aidan McQuade swept to victory on the BBC Mastermind programme with a total of (...)