Barristers don’t have to wear a wig these days, although it is unwise not to wear one in certain judges’ courts. Some barristers say wigs are useful on bad hair days.    Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

At an age when most of my peers were thinking about retirement, I trained as a barrister. I had worked successfully as a town planner for years, now I(...)

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If ever there was a place where time has stood still, it’s the Brooks & Co shop at 136 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.The timber structure, dating (...)

Former company director Anthony Cafferkey from Co Fermanagh  has made a €13.5 million settlement with the Revenue Commissioners

COLM KEENAA €13.5 million settlement has been made by a retired company director after the Revenue Commissioners investigated his affairs. It is the l(...)

Gabriel Byrne and Hannah King at the  London Film Festival Awards in October  2010. Photograph: Getty.

Gabriel Byrne has married in Ballymaloe Country House Hotel in Co Cork. The 64-year-old Irish actor and his long-time girlfriend Hannah Beth King were(...)

Initiatives such as the Gathering seek financial input from abroad but sometimes the money needs to flow the other way. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Most people [in Ireland] don’t give a s**t about the diaspora except to shake them down for a few quid,” was Gabriel Byrne’s immortal condemnation of(...)

Green-screen dream: Robin Wright in The Congress

Ari Folman has arrived to talk about his extraordinary new film The Congress. There’s plenty to discuss. Adapted from a story by Stanislaw Lem – autho(...)

Looking east: Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman, a new thriller series on BBC One

Fans of writer-director Hugo Blick’s last BBC conspiracy thriller, The Shadow Line, from 2011, know not to expect plot, characters, even exact locatio(...)

Living in a Coded Land

Pat Collins’s documentary oeuvre is frequently characterised as Slow Cinema. We’re not so sure. True, his visual essays, though comparably cont(...)

John Banville: ‘I hate the summer.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘It was one of those Tuesday afternoons in summer when you wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the air of s(...)

By the skin of his teeth: Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy with Eurosong hopeful Laura O’Neill and her mentor, Billy McGuinness of Aslan. Photograph: Collins

We know RTÉ has a press department whose job it is to send out good news, teasers, promises of greatness to come, but right now it must feel as(...)