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(...)

Russian players  celebrate a goal against   Slovakia  in St. Petersburg last month. Photograph: Olga Maltseva / Getty Imges

Manager: Fabio Capello Best finish: Group stages (1994 and 2002) World Cup record: Played 9, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 5 History Their World(...)

Marty Whelan: He do the police in different voices

One doesn’t normally associate the patter of Marty Whelan with the classics of high modernism. But such is the ceaseless cavalcade of funny accents(...)

George Clooney might be hot property on the marriage market, but when it comes to shifting magazines in Ireland, he’s not a patch on Marty Whelan. Whe(...)

Flower power: When Dáithi Ó Sé – pictured with the 2011 Roses – became the host of the competition, the contestants got the closest thing they have had to a peer

Believe it or not, it is more than 17 years since the Father Ted episode “Rock A Hula Ted” was originally aired – not that many know it by that name. (...)

There’s a breed of surfer out there who steers clear of branded T-shirts, doesn’t have a special pair of sunglasses just for the top of their h(...)

Winner: Dana celebrates after winning the 1970 competition, in Amsterdam. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

On May 20th, 2008, in Belgrade during the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Irish entry was booed off the stage. At the end o(...)