The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is to seek clarification from Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp radio group following its decision to ban Irish (...)

“I don’t even want to know your reasons for being against gay marriage, Ross. I had no idea I was married to a bigot”. By now, of course, there are q(...)

“Honor steps out of the dressing room and walk onto the pitch. She’s wearing the little Leinster jersey I bought her for Christmas and I’m suddenly on(...)

 Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump in a recent airing of  Saturday Night Live. Photograph:  Will Heath/NBC/NBCU

Kite Entertainment, which makes TV3’s Gogglebox, have optioned the Irish rights to the US television format Saturday Night Live from NBC Universal. (...)

A steady stream of visitors came throughout the day as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was played on rotation. Photograph: Wikipedia

It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This record would for many of their fans be the definitiv(...)

 Rory Nolan at rehearsals for “Waiting for Godot”: “For that energy the comic character has to have, there has to be a dark side to it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

By Rory Nolan’s standards – which have become almost legendary in certain circles – this does not count as a classic prank. But when the PR person ph(...)

 Graham McLaren and Neil Murray,  directors of the Abbey Theatre, hope to fire up the Peacock again, with a new programme of plays. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Abbey Theatre has announced a programme of 20 productions for the Peacock, the National Theatre’s problematic studio space. The venue is describe(...)

Mike McCormack: the Galway-based author’s first novel in 11 years has won the Irish novel of the year award a week after winning  the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, a novel constructed from a single sentence, has won the Novel of the Year prize at the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Boo(...)

Family and members of the Cavaliers Cricket Club at the funeral of Fergus Linehan in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fergus Linehan’s funeral was an occasion to mourn “but also to give thanks for our gentle, kind, brilliant, generous, erudite husband, Dad, Papa, who (...)

Paul Howard at Luggala, Co Wicklow, where Tara Browne is buried. Tara Browne is the subject of Howard’s new book ‘I Read The News Today, Oh Boy’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Paul Howard dared me to work his new book into a column. I Read the News Today, Oh Boy has nothing whatsoever to do with athletics or sport, although (...)