The temptation to chintz up the tearoom must have been difficult to resist. What else to do with an ornate Victorian park shelter but stuff it with(...)

 Rob Kearney: “The margins at the moment between people at high levels in sport or high levels in business are just getting smaller and smaller and smaller.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

  Rob Kearney is taking notes on his tablet at a personal development seminar on the top floor of The Irish Times building in Dublin. Quie(...)

Splutter-your-tea-across-the-room hilarious: John Colleary and Barry Murphy in Irish Pictorial Weekly

It is always difficult to review a comedy, for the blindingly obvious reason that not everyone finds the same things funny. There are people who think(...)

‘She’s preposterously generous,’ says Paul Howard of Lisa Lambe.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Lisa Lambe is an actor and singer whose career has included playing Nora in ‘A Doll’s House’, touring with Celtic Woman, and playing Sorcha in thre(...)

Ray D’Arcy pictured as he started his new afternoon show on RTÉ Radio 1 at the RTÉ Radio Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Ray D’Arcy’s defection from Today FM to RTÉ late last year caught everyone off-guard, but nearly two months after the news broke one would think that (...)

  Paul Dunne of Greystones is one of five Irish golfers  named in a 20-man Walker Cup squad for September’s match against the USA. Photograph:   Peter Byrne/PA

Five Irish golfers have been named in an initial 20-man Walker Cup squad for September’s clash against the USA at Royal Lytham & St Annes.Great Br(...)

Celebrating Wicklow

My Place on Canvas, an art exhibition celebrating the Wicklow landscape, is the culmination of a three-year project by local artist Rod Coyne. He invi(...)

Paul Kimmage began work on Brian O’Driscoll’s autobiography only to past the work onto Mark English, who ghosted The Test. Photograph: Inpho.
The game of sports ghostwriting
  • Sport
  • November 1, 2014, 01:00

Hunter Davies published the authorised biography of the Beatles in 1968 and the football classic, The Glory Game. He’s also ghosted a few football boo(...)

The  Ross O’Carroll-Kelly statue  beside  Molly Malone  on Andrew’s St,  Dublin 2. Image: The Irish Times 1:57

On the way to Grafton Street for the grand unveiling of the statue of D4’s most famous son, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, I pass a young lady wearing pyjama b(...)

Paul Howard at home in Avoca, Co Wicklow, with his basset hound Humphrey. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I sit at a desk thinking in the voice of an idiot for ten hours a day,” says Paul Howard. “That’s my job. Imagine driving home every evening with tha(...)