Leicester’s Jamie Vardy of whom Paul Merson said: “If I was on ’oliday and I was reading a Ladybird book and that was the story, you’d put the book down Jeff, you’d put the book down.”  Photo:  Nigel French/PA Wire.

Humility is, of course, a highly commendable trait and, as a nation, with just a sprinkling of exceptions, like Louis Walsh, we’re generally that way (...)

Don’t call it a comeback. No, really: don’t. For starters, that’s not quite how Brian McFadden sees things. The singer/talent show judge/TV presenter(...)

Struggling: Kiltimagh’s main street. Photograph: Alan Betson

A drive down Main Street, Rural Ireland, in 2015 often takes you past closed shops, vacant houses, and premises for sale, some of them derelict. This (...)

Patrick Mullins aboard Uncle Junior on the way to winning The FBD Cross Country Steeplechase for the La Touche Cup ahead of jockey Nina Carberry on Quantitativeeasing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sun came out to play at the Punchestown festival and brought half the country with it.After two days of challenging weather, the ice-cream vans we(...)

Members of Filipino Cork Community dancing at the St Patrick’s Day parade  in Cork City. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Cork Broadcaster and rugby pundit George Hook said he was “blown away” with emotion after serving as grand marshal in the St Patrick’s Day parade in C(...)

Louis Walsh’s mother Maureen was not at home in the early afternoon last week when intruders broke into a shed at the rear of the house and stole aviation gasoline for a helicopter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/ The Irish Times

A gang which thought it was siphoning home heating oil from a tank at the childhood home of pop mogul Louis Walsh in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, got away inst(...)

Judging panel at Savills event including Paul McNeive as Bono and Ronan O’Hara as Louis Walsh.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney

The great and the good of Ireland’s property industry assembled last week for a rocking night in support of a brilliant fundraising initiative by Savi(...)

ONE DIRECTION Steal My Girl Syco ** To judge from some recent comments by Simon Cowell, as well as applying Louis Walsh’s dictum about bo(...)

Simon Cowell is back on X Factor. He had been away. I assumed he had simply returned to his transdimensional lair to slumber and feed, but apparently (...)

Hozier: no theatrics, no posturing

One day in spring this year, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was walking down Parliament Street in Dublin with his guitar case. He had just returned from an Am(...)