Good week

Simon Community

All the Irish charities do vital work around Christmas time, and the Simon Community has done a tremendous job of reminding everyone of the importance of considering the less fortunate. The fact that Bono and Glen Hansard lend their voices to the effort doesn’t hurt

Piers Morgan

The CNN host and former Mirror editor is feeling the wrath of US gun enthusiasts for his strident views on the NRA and the wisdom of the second amendment. A petition to have him deported has attracted more than 70,000 signatures

Brendan O’Carroll

Nearly 18 million viewers in the UK tuned in to the two-part Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special on BBC

Bad week


What should have been a triumphant celebration of a wonderful year for Irish sport, last Sunday’s RTÉ Sports Person of the Year awards, turned into a farcical series of errors. The lowlight was the ad break that interrupted Katie Taylor’s acceptance of the top gong

Kate Winslet

Proving that she is not your usual Hollywood superstar, the English Oscar-winner got married for the third time, to a man called Ned RockNRoll

Paul Daniels

The diminutive magician attracted unlikely headlines when he admitted to ‘kissing’ a schoolgirl in the 1970s, and questioned the motivations of some of the Jimmy Savile accusers