Modern family: Niall Gaffney, Philippa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connolly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’

Restaurant reviewers have a rule that they don’t barrel in, fork and sharp knife at the ready, on opening night – it’s only fair to let the pla(...)

 Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster:  “The Miss Ulster competition . . . at its most benign sounds very like ‘Father Ted’s’ Lovely Girls competition.” Photograph: Andrew Towe/DETI/PA Wire

The organiser of the Miss Ulster competition to be held at Stormont on Saturday has rejected claims that the beauty pageant is embarrassing and on a p(...)

Bursary boy: David Zaworski featured in ‘The Scholarship’, which hit a perfect observational balance

Many private schools offer scholarships. Most are based on academic or musical excellence, but Belvedere College, the all-boys Jesuit school in Dublin(...)

My old uniform

My school was Gortnor Abbey in Crossmolina, Co Mayo, where I boarded from Dublin for four years on a scholarship. It was run by the order of Religi(...)

Bertie Ahern: annual subsistence money will plummet from €150,163 to €142,655. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Everyone is feeling the pain. It’s tough out there for former taoisigh, struggling to exist on their pensions. Bertie Ahern is trying as(...)

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