National potato day: try Maris Piper for making chips and for roasting. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Happy Potato Day, everybody! For the day that’s in it we thought we’d dig up all the interesting things we could find about the humble spud. 1 Irish (...)

Nostalgia that travels: RTÉ2’s 1980s-themed ‘Bridget & Eamon’, featuring Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea, was acquired by UKTV.

RTÉ is calling for proposals for television comedies with export potential under a joint funding scheme with the Irish Film Board. An initial 10 hal(...)

The potential to return, like: RTÉ2’s ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’ starring Nika McGuigan (left) and Seána Kerslake.

In Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, the new comedy drama made for RTÉ by Deadpan Pictures, Danielle (Nika McGuigan) sums up her friendship with Aisling (Seána (...)

The 2015 ‘X Factor’ final’s audience of 8.4 million was less than half the 17.2 million who watched Matt Cardle triumph over Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction in 2010. Photograph: Press Association

ITV has signed a deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK to keep The X Factor on air until “at least” 2019, which to its de(...)

Ireland is the second most expensive country in Europe in which to buy potatoes, according to an EU study.

Ireland is the second most expensive country in Europe in which to buy potatoes and the third-dearest country for eggs, milk and cheese, according to (...)

Fruit and vegetable growers say they are on their “last gasp” and there is a risk that some vegetables will no longer be commercially grown in Ireland if action is not taken. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fruit and vegetable growers say they are on their “last gasp” and there is a risk that some vegetables will no longer be commercially grown in Ireland(...)

Famine statue in Dublin: a debate hosted by the London Irish Comedy Festival about comedy and censorship was dominated by ‘Hungry’, a not-yet written commission for Channel 4 about the Famine. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Comedy can live long in the memory. Charlie Walsh, who left Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, for London in the early 1970s, remembers when jokes mocking th(...)

Tom Keogh, manager of Keogh’s Farm, with Ross and Derek Keogh to celebrate National Potato Day, which returns for a fourth year today. Photograph: Andres Poveda

There won’t be a spud left unturned today with dozens of events being held around the country to mark National Potato Day. Potato farm walks, harvesti(...)

Rathnew’s Nicky Mernagh gets to grips with Baltinglass’s Jason Kennedy during the Wicklow senior football  final at Aughrim. Photograph: Garry O’Neill/Inpho

Rathnew 3-9 Baltinglass1-14A late surge by Rathnew that brought crucial goals by Leighton Glynn and James Stafford saw the men from the village snatch(...)