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 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(...)

At Winter Tales, in  Dalkey: Frank McGuinness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

nChristmas is the busiest time of the year for booksellers – and readers – so it’s a bit surprising that book festivals, so abundant at other times, a(...)