Graham Norton in Bantry. Photograph: Darragh Kane

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  The Mark and the Void: “By the end of reading William D Cohan’s House of Cards you feel like you’ve been trapped in a lift with six Monty Burnses,” says Paul Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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Frank O’Toole was remanded on continuing bail for trial on corruption charges in November. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A former Wicklow county and town council official who is facing charges of corruption will be tried in November. Frank O’Toole (63), with an address (...)

Lafcadio Hearn in 1895

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Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

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A former Wicklow county and town council official who is facing charges of corruption has had his case adjourned again at Wicklow Circuit Court.

A former Wicklow county and town council official who is facing charges of corruption has had his case adjourned again at Wicklow Circuit Court.Frank(...)

Dave King greets the press following his election at the Rangers egm at Ibrox Park in Glasgow. Photo:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

  Dave King has promised to repair Rangers after being voted on to the club’s board at an extraordinary general meeting yesterday, with Mi(...)

 John Gilligan, Dave King and Paul Murray have been voted in to replace Derek llambias and Barry Leach at Rangers Photograph: Getty

Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan have been handed the keys to Ibrox after the Rangers shareholders overwhelmingly voted to remove Derek Llambi(...)

Piyanuch Chanphet as Piano Girl at the launch of the St Patrick’s festival culture programme,  I Love My City, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The St Patrick’s Day cultural programme, I Love My City, was officially launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys on(...)