Our Summers Past series mines the Irish Times archive to find the best articles from previous summers. In this piece from August 1996, ‘Father Ted (...)

Small world: Seán Barrett, who plays Fr Fitzgerald, whose dreary drone over the PA system enables the priests to escape undetected from the lingerie department in Father Ted, also appears on the cover of How Soon Is Now?, the classic single by The Smiths

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Niall Gaffney, Phillipa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connelly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’. Photograph: Allan Staley

It’s only the recent past, but television in Ireland was a different proposition in 2007. Netflix was something to which people in metropolitan Americ(...)

A view of the Famine sculpture in Dublin which marks the national disaster that was the Great Hunger. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Protesters are to picket the London headquarters of Channel 4 on Saturday in a demonstration against plans to create a sitcom based on the Irish potat(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

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David Rawle and Chris O’Dowd in Moone Boy

Old friends Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy have written a book as a prequel to their popular TV series Moone Boy. The book, The Blunder Years(...)

 Dylan Moran.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Gordon Deegan One of the stars of the movie Calvary , and veteran on the stand-up circ(...)

One Direction’s Niall Horan (2nd right) meets Queen Elizabeth of Britain at a reception for the Irish community at Buckingham Palace, London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Three years ago, a photograph of a Cork fishmonger, Pat O’Connell and Queen Elizabeth II, both beaming with laughter, became the image of her S(...)

Modern family: Niall Gaffney, Philippa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connolly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’

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British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack, who starred in the hit TV series Only Fools and Horses has died aged 69. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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