Vogue Williams and Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTÉ Two at RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The 1916 centenary looms large for many Irish media groups, but how does a television channel aimed at 15-34-year-olds approach the topic? By commissi(...)

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(...)

Triumphant: Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

As Irish radio personalities enjoy some post-Christmas downtime and look back on 2014, one presenter in particular might enjoy dusting off a copy of A(...)

Freckle-faced golden boy: Tony O’Reilly, at the height of his success, in 1999. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

If a novelist made up the life of Tony O’Reilly the subsequent book review would surely consider it too perfect: the freckle-faced golden boy who b(...)

Heavy lifting: Mark Ryan and John Kennedy of the HSA stand at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson

Metropolitan sophisticates holding forth on livestock, urbane presenters recalling their rural roots and notables falling over themselves to pay ho(...)

Fergal Lynch (centre) and Andrea Bland of Chill Insurance, with actors Maclean Burke, Aisling O’Neill and David O’Sullivan

Chill Insurance has come on board as the sponsor for Fair City. With an average per episode viewership of 500,000 the RTÉ soap has proven itself somet(...)

Lame dames: ‘The Centre’, on RTÉ

I blame the spirit of Jimmy O’Dea and Maureen Potter. Playing to the gallery is somehow soldered on to the DNA chain of our comedians so that o(...)

Falling short: Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Maguire and Keith Walsh of Breakfast Republic

As the show in the vanguard of the revolutionary makeover under way at 2FM, Breakfast Republic (weekdays) carries an unfair burden of expectati(...)

Left to right: 2fm ‘Breakfast Republic’ presenters Bernard O’Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire, with Enda Ryan, Berocca brand manager

2fm’s new morning show Breakfast Republic , which begins on Monday, will be sponsored by mul(...)

Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne (L) is to replace Colm Hayes on 2fm in the coming weeks.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne is to replace Colm Hayes on 2fm. Byrne will present the 11am to 1pm slot, taking over from Hayes who moved there in(...)