Terry Wogan with (left to right) Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton during the BBC Children In Need Appeal of 2011. Photograph: PA

Usually, the gently ironic phrase “national treasure” is seen as quintessentially British. In the case of Terry Wogan, though, an exception can be mad(...)

Terry Wogan in Cork –  from Terry Wogan’s Ireland: Always made sure he had a bottle of wine with him on Eurovision night. Photograph: The Irish Times

Thousands of tributes have been paid to Sir Terry Wogan, whose death at the age of 77, following a short battle with cancer, was announced yesterday. (...)

Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, 67 and his wife Helen, now Lady Wogan, after the radio and television presenter collected his knighthood.

Prime minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led tributes in Britain to Terry Wogan, reflecting on the extraordinary position the bro(...)

Saoirse Ronan onstage at the 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Some commenters on social media have decided they don’t like her ‘Dub’ accent. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

What sort of accent do you have? Is it exactly the same as the accent you had when you were a teenager? Does it vary, depending on where you are and t(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to “build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work”. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Spending less time on social media is in danger of becoming a new year’s resolution perennial, up there with alcohol avoidance and pretending to be tr(...)

Gay Byrne was the first broadcaster in Ireland to instigate telephone technology as part of what we now know as ‘talkback radio’. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Gaybo changed Ireland: discuss!” That’s the question broadcast historian Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill set for herself, and her conclusion is emphatic. “G(...)

Cinthia Molina with H.E. Carlos García de Alba, Ambassador of Mexico to Ireland and Nanette Mendoza. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

COOKERY LESSONS AT KELLYS Laura Kelly, the eldest of hotelier Bill Kelly’s six daughters and the manager of Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, w(...)

Villa Spada houses the Irish Embassy to the Vatican which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2011 before being reopened in 2014

As someone from a Northern Protestant background happily resident in Dublin, I know there is little or no point in trying to persuade my co-religionis(...)

Shoe people: Julian Berwick and Deirdre McQuillan at the one-day shoemaking workshop at Shoeniversity in Bantry. Photograph: Emma Jervis

West Cork is well known for its outstanding natural beauty, great houses, maritime traditions and abundance of artisan craft and food producers. It(...)

Graham Norton in Bantry. Photograph: Darragh Kane

  1 Stories come from the strangest places What inspires Danielle McLaughlin to write a short story? A character? A situation? At a fr(...)