‘As long as my children can quote at least one line from ‘The Snapper’, their Irish heritage is intact.’

Since I’ve been away from Ireland, there’s nothing I miss more – not even Superquinn sausages or spectacular winter sunrises – than the lyrical, ve(...)

The funeral of former Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae is led by Jackie’s pony ‘Peig’ past his pub in Kilgarvan village. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle

He was buried wearing the cap. It could not have been any other way. Charlie Chaplin had his bowler. John Wayne had his Stetson. And Jackie Healy-Rae (...)

Mourners carry the coffin of Jackie Healy-Rae into his pub in Kilgarvin on Saturday night. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Former Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae has completed his last journey through his native Kilgarvan, in Kerry.His coffin was shouldered the mile-long r(...)

 Mourners arrive in the rain to pay their respects to the late Jackie Healy-Rae in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry this afternoon. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Hundreds of people gathered in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, for the removal of the remains of former Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae.From early afternoon, lo(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae: a “committed and passionate public servant”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cross-party tributes have been paid to former Kerry South Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83.Mr Healy-Rae, who died in Kerry Genera(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent TD supporting minority Fianna Fail-led governments. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent(...)

Cherry blossom in bloom in Tokyo. If only the school year was as shortlived. Photograph: Reuters

April in Japan means two things: cherry blossoms and a new school year. If only they could be matched for brevity. As an English teacher(...)

If the flat cap fits:  Michael Healy Rae, who featured in At Home with the Healy Raes. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Two programmes featuring the Healy-Raes in as many months? There must be a notion that the south Kerry political family, or Brand Healy-Rae as they’re(...)

A woman employed as a parliamentary assistant to Independent TD Thomas Pringle has claimed she was unfairly dismissed. Joan Blackbyrne is taking a cas(...)

Long drawn-out: Aidan Gillen and Leila Mimmack in the series Mayday, which was two episodes too long

Perhaps I have watched too many crime dramas, but any time a station radically changes its schedule to make room for a series, I suspect all is(...)