Need for speed: Louise Bruton at Rally School Ireland’s track in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

‘Trust me. You can do this.” No, this isn’t the opening of a star-studded romcom; these are wise words from rally driver and Rally School Ireland c(...)

Michael Fassbender, Actor in a Supporting Role winner for 12 Years A Slave, at the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Calvary was the big winner at last night’s Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) in Dublin. The story of a good priest confronting bad(...)

Actor Steve Coogan with Philomena Lee, at the 11th annual Irish Film & Television Awards (Ifta) at the Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Hotel tonight. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The stars of the Irish television and film industry have arrived for their annual award ceremony tonight in Dublin. The Irish Film and T(...)

Lame dames: ‘The Centre’, on RTÉ

I blame the spirit of Jimmy O’Dea and Maureen Potter. Playing to the gallery is somehow soldered on to the DNA chain of our comedians so that o(...)

BEST PICTURE Will win 12 Years a Slave. After three months somewhere near the head of the pack, Steve McQueen’s slavery saga still looks l(...)

From left, Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer: ‘We were family friends. It was like cousins meeting when we met’

My favourite scene in the new Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells sitcom is one in which Mortimer marvels at Wells’s ability to cry spontaneously an(...)

Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan  during a  general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican earlier this week. Photograph: Reuters

Sitting in the foyer of Rome’s Hotel Eden for an interview with NBC and Al Jazeera, Philomena Lee (80) looks for all the world like an ageing star of (...)

Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan at the Vatican yesterday.

The woman whose determination to find a son given up for adoption in 1950s Ireland inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Philomena, now hopes the Pope wi(...)

U2’s Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge, winners of Best Original Song for Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Golden Globes’ reputation as bellwether for the Oscars has long ago been debunked, but last night’s ceremony - as ever, spreading the love - went (...)

British film director Steve McQueen (left)  with the star of his film 12 Years A Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor. Photograph: Reuters

The 71st Golden Globe Awards will be held in Los Angeles tonight with two films vying for many of the key honours. American Hustle and 12 Years a Slav(...)