People who are not from Galway sometimes argue that its folk spend too much time parading in huge papier mâché heads. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

How’s about you? Here’s a true story (some details of which have been tweaked). Two weeks ago, I was in Connolly Station waiting for a train to Occupi(...)

Don’t be afraid: On my last evening with my father, just before he was transferred to Blackrock Clinic, I spoke to him about pretty much anything except what was about to happen. Photograph: RTÉ

In his book Without Feathers Woody Allen has a line that has become one of his most famous quips: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want (...)

Pucker up to your technology and get down with a robot. If you’re so connected to your online relationships that you quiver with anticipation every(...)

Brendan O’Connor on the set of ‘The Saturday Night Show’, which was axed by RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch to  make way for a new Ray D’Arcy vehicle.

“After all these years, I’ve finally got my own email in RTÉ, ” Brendan O’Connor declared to listeners on his first morning of summer cover for Radio (...)

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Am I normal? That’s the question that the sex survey we carried out recently in The Irish Times is meant to answer. “Sex surveys can be a help (...)

Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, who  was drafted number four overall by the New York Knicks, towers over NBA commissioner Adam Silver, at the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

Basketball culture still reveres the tall man as Kristaps Porzingis, a 7ft 1in baller from Latvia, proved by becoming the most famous teenager in New (...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

This correspondent has developed a theory that recent Cannes Film Festivals are a little like Star Trek films. Over the current decade, the even-numbe(...)

Director Woody Allen: says of his TV series  commission, “I’m doing my best with it. I’m struggling with it at home. I should never have gotten into this.” Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Award-winning film-maker Woody Allen fears his first foray into directing for the small screen will be a disaster, saying he should never have signed (...)

Reign of Spain: Plácido Domingo. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

He has sung more than 140 operatic roles and made a record with Carlos Santana. He has run two opera companies, worked as a conductor, created an inte(...)