Children enjoying the St Patrick’s Day Parade & Family Day in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: courtesy of St Patrick’s Day Sydney. 2:08

The organisers of Sydney’s St Patrick’s Day parade - held on the closest Sunday to March 17th - were relying on good weather after a storm ruined last(...)

Father Ted: Its Christmas special from 1996 was the most-watched programme on RTÉ 2 in December 2014.

RTÉ 2 has taken a few swerves in direction since Father Ted and Father Dougal first got lost in the lingerie department. Back then, the channel was ca(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

‘Christmas: love it or loathe it, we pretty much know that if we have the wherewithal, it’s incumbent on us to step up to the mark and get on with it at the first tinkle of Jingle Bells.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

So, it’s happening. Christmas is about to crash down, like a sad drunk into a decorative bay tree. If we’re lucky and fate has left us off the (...)

One of the clucky ones... a free range hen on a farm. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A country-wide knitting campaign is under way to clothe 7,000 caged hens to be released from a battery farm later this week.Animal rescuers plan to th(...)

One pint of beer counts as two standard drinks, and there are almost eight standard drinks in a bottle of wine.

When offered alcohol, Say ‘When’ Sooner is the message from the Irish Heart Foundation for Heart Month in September.The consequences of drinking more (...)

Brendan O’Carroll at the world premiere of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie at the Savoy Cinema, O’Connell Street, Dublin,  last night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Brendan O’Carroll believes Father Ted awoke the British to Irish comedy and tellingly, it was the first thing he said when asked to account for the h(...)

‘You have to accept a certain level of disrespect,’ author Salman Rushdie argued at a lively debate on the freedom of speech at the Dalkey Book Festival this afternoon. File. Photograph: Jeremy Suttton-Hibbert/Getty Images

“You have to accept a certain level of disrespect,” author Salman Rushdie argued at a lively debate on the freedom of speech at the Dalkey Book Fes(...)

Training time for the Limerick hurlers at the Gaelic Grounds. Críonna Tobin’s fascinarting presentation to the  GAA’s Games Development Conference at Croke Park appeared to prove that high intensity training produces better core fitness results than the more traditional endurance running. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” is a quote often associated with Roy Keane but ( like Father Ted only “borrowing” the parish money (...)

Eight years after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes with The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach, unstoppable director, and Paul Laverty, his regula(...)