Clockwise from top left, Alex Barclay, Marty Whelan, Louise Phillips and Kevin Barry

  Alex Barclay My livingroom bookshelves are my favourite part of the house. They arrived as big, filthy, spider-covered pieces of oak(...)

Anton Savage: The presenter veers between schoolboy enthusiasm and sober inquisition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Amid the deflation of Ireland’s exit from the Rugby World Cup and the fallout from Billy Walsh’s acrimonious departure as coach of the national amateu(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Conor Lenihan: clearly doesn’t feel his political past is anything to be embarrassed about. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s a story that won’t go away. For all Fianna Fáil’s rebranding efforts, the troublesome past always comes back to haunt it. Tuesday’s edition of(...)

Craving a wee holiday before our actual holiday (six days to go, not that I’m counting) we hightailed it to Portadown for the weekend. This particu(...)

Anton Savage has been chosen to replace Ray D’Arcy in Today FM’s mid-morning radio slot. This follows Ray D’Arcy’s departure to RTÉ1 to take ov(...)

Van Morrison Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***On stage is the sort of lineup that an ambitious arts-festival curator with money to burn might dream up. Ian (...)

A priest leaves the priesthood to be with the woman he loves. Actors Sheila McWade and Gerard Byrne on Fair City in 2001. Photograph: RTE

Fair City has never been afraid to tackle controversial topics through the years, bringing us Ireland’s first on screen gay kiss, a priest falling in (...)

Some of the damage caused by the earthquake: Photograph: Reuters

Irish Lottery winners on a trip to San Francisco were woken by the biggest Californian earthquake in 25 years.Josephine Dunne and her husband Gerry f(...)

Laois rose Teresa Brennan with Dáithí Ó Sé on stage during Rose of Tralee International Festival in the Dome, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

The Rose of Tralee is usually immune to every passing fad, but this year it has decided to make an exception. Host Dáithí Ó Sé had a bucket of iced w(...)

Catharine Joyce, western Canada;  Niamh Bergan, Luxembourg;  Anna Geary, Cork,  and Imelda finnegan, Sydney, during their visit to the wetlands in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

It is 1996 and I am nine. I am hoisted on the back of a remarkably placid elephant, plonked on the lap of a nice girl with brown hair wearing a red dr(...)