‘To put it simply, without a strong capital the rest of the country is banjaxed.’ Above, the Spire on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Getty Images

St Patrick’s Day offers a unique opportunity to indulge in crass generalisations about what it means to be Irish. Today we can speak loosely in the(...)

Father Ted: Its Christmas special from 1996 was the most-watched programme on RTÉ 2 in December 2014.

RTÉ 2 has taken a few swerves in direction since Father Ted and Father Dougal first got lost in the lingerie department. Back then, the channel was ca(...)

Double act: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara and Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in ‘Charlie’ 2:11

Many of his contemporaries were put out to political pasture, but PJ Mara, the late Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, has not only survived. H(...)

An image from an online video advertisement for Cadbury featuring football pundits Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy

It’s that time of year when the media loves nothing better than to warn everybody about the dangers of sugar: it’s poisoning us, it’s toxic, it’s the (...)

Bill O’Herlihy:  hung up his microphone as RTÉ’s main sports presenter in the summer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bill O’Herlihy, the gentleman of the Irish public relations scene, appears to be tying up a few more loose ends. Billo hung up his microphone as RTÉ’s(...)

 Referee Milorad Mazic speaks to Roy Keane, assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, during the EURO 2016 Group D qualifier  at Celtic Park. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

We knew the day had to come, but still, it didn’t stop us dreading it. Finally, management decided, for this encounter at least, and with the natur(...)

Paul Kimmage began work on Brian O’Driscoll’s autobiography only to past the work onto Mark English, who ghosted The Test. Photograph: Inpho.
The game of sports ghostwriting
  • Sport
  • November 1, 2014, 01:00

Hunter Davies published the authorised biography of the Beatles in 1968 and the football classic, The Glory Game. He’s also ghosted a few football boo(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a chance on the controversial striker Mario Balotelli and it has not paid off so far. Photograph: Getty Images.

When Brendan Rodgers spoke of the “calculated gamble” he had made in bringing Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, deep in his heart he knew that he was talk(...)

 John O’Shea races away in celebration with his teammates after scoring the Republic of Ireland’s equaliser at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photograph: EPA

From the Dáil to Deutschland, a Tuesday to put the fear of Gawd in you. And come evening Eamon Dunphy was left trembling and aghast by the austerity m(...)

Roy Keane: The focus on the Alex Ferguson feud, the sport’s most tiresome quarrel, suggested that recent signs of a genuine softening in Keane’s thinking and perspective were deceptive. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

What’s your favourite Roy Keane story? Is it Robbie Savage’s voicemail, John Hartson’s crisps or Abba on the bus at Sunderland? Is it the one about th(...)