Samuel L Jackson, a top snake-wrangler and “mudebroth”, as St Patrick might have called him.

As the acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny demonstrated in Washington, we’re not short of religious swearwords in this country, or of a willingness to use the(...)

Final journey: Funeral of Frank Kelly, the actor who became best known for his role as Fr Jack Hackett in Fatherr Ted, taking place in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Frank Kelly, the actor best known for playing a filthy alcoholic priest in a cult television series that lampooned the Catholic Church mercilessly, wa(...)

Frank Kelly was a versatile, talented and inventive actor.  Photograph: Joe St Ledger

Frank Kelly the comedy and straight actor, writer, satirist, recording artist and gentleman, has been loved by several generations of Irish people. He(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: when he comes to Brussels to meet the commission, he is doing so because this is now significant for his company and, most likely, Apple’s big investors are on his case. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

Two significant things happened recently in the international debate on multinational tax. First, the United States went openly on the offensive in su(...)

Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

Before the Oscar nominations are revealed this week, it is impossible not to assume multiple nominations for the Irish. When that happens, you have to(...)

Actor Saoirse Ronan onstage at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival   in Palm Springs, California. Photograph: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for PSIFF

A British journalist has generated fury after remarking on Sky News that the UK could regard Saoirse Ronan as “one of our own”. Richard Suchet made (...)

Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Christmas special of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Mammy’s Christmas Punch, was the most popular festive programme on Irish television this year, with just un(...)

 The Priests, Fr. David Delargy, and brothers Fr. Martin O’Hagan and Fr. Eugene O’Hagan, pictured in Dublin. ahead of the concerts around Ireland, Christmas with the Priests.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Eight years, four albums, numerous tours and over three and a half million album sales later, the members of The Priests remain as calm as they surely(...)

Matt Berry(left) and Arthur Mathews, writers of Toast on Toast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hamm on Toast . . . Toast on Bacon . . . Toast of London . . . Steven Toast is the comedy creation that keeps on giving – just help yourself to any b(...)

Clifford Coonan and his family have to wear masks to protect themselves during heavy smog in Beijing.

The climate and me: The UN climate change conference, COP21, is currently underway in Paris. Each day over the course of the two-week summit, Irish p(...)