Patrick Freyne gets a masterclass in marketing on a tour of the Guinness Storehouse

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Production team and cast illuminate 1840s with sean-nós, economists and vivid footage

Dragons’ Den: Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies, Deborah Meaden, Tej Lalvani and Peter Jones

Scowling in a draughty warehouse is still the key trait for a TV investment guru

Jia Tolentino (30) grew up in Texas where her parents, immigrants from the Philippines, were members of the Southern Baptist church. ‘I had literally never been exposed to any other views. And then I sort of drifted leftward,’ she says

Online culture causes us to overvalue our opinions, argue more and lose all sense of proportion

George RR Martin. Photograph: Colby Katz/New York Times

The bestselling author talks science fiction, snobbery and the Dublin 2019 Worldcon

Jack and Gordon Ramsay

Born Famous sees Jack Ramsay visit the council flat where his dad grew up. Das Kapital it is not

Kinnegad Plaza: staff at the Mac’s Place carvery. Photograph: Alan Betson

Big, bright service stations have changed long-distance driving, and who you meet

 Limerick rugby player Greg O’Shea and Amber Gill, winners of Love Island 2019. Photograph: ITV

Patrick Freyne: Irish victory in the dating show may prevent a hard Border

Sarah Maria Griffin with a copy of her book The Book of Wisdom, written in conjunction with the Tomorrowlands dance music festival in Antwerp.Photograph:Crispin Rodwell

Sarah Maria Griffin's festival book focuses on two young people and a journey they may be unprepared for

Judi Dench in Cats

Patrick Freyne: A bunch of cats in an alleyway is not remotely as magical as this film depicts

Look, Godmother, no hands: Nora O’Mahony  and Eugene Lambert  with Judge the dog in Wanderly Wagon.

It’s a dog’s life being an animal actor, but they’re the real stars of my fave telly shows

From left,  Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib listen as Ilhan Omar speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. US president Donald Trump refers to the four Democrats as ‘the squad’. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

TCD sociology lecturer Dr David Ralph on what constitutes racism and why we are not living in a ‘post-racial nirvana’

For years the Norman invasion was a taboo subject linked to ‘800 years of occupation’

’We’ve coped with 800 years of occupation, famine and popery but this, this satirical song about PAYE taxpayers, sung to the tune of 'YMCA' by Twink, Dermot Morgan and Larry Gogan, this more than makes up for that.’ Photograph: RTÉ

Patrick Freyne: Twink seems to have her own studio audience in her house

Stevie Wonder t the 3Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley / The Irish Times

Would we have paid as much for a gig advertised as ‘Stevie Wonder listens to record he likes’?

One of the tagged fawns in Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Patrick Freyne spends the day with researchers as they gently capture, assess and release the newborns

Millie Bobby Brown and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things Season 3. Photograph: Netflix

Patrick Freyne: There’s worse things than having a portal to hell – what do you think the M50 is?

Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan

The town is among the most multicultural in Ireland, with 35% of residents born abroad

Westlife in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

The boy band turned ‘man band’ are back on tour, 20 years after they first got together

Morgan and Sugar are now so embedded in the reality show narrative machine that they can no longer tell truth from truthiness

Piers has his wants and needs, and is happiest when he is celebrity-adjacent

Lois Kapila is the publisher and managing editor of an independent newspaper called the Dublin Inquirer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lois Kapila found it difficult to break into Irish media. It’s ‘very white’, she says

Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick. ‘I want to fix you,’ say those Laois eyes. ‘I want to put splints on your limbs and give you lovely drugs and wrap you in a fluffy blue blanket.’

Noel Fitzpatrick returns for 14th season to heal a distraught couple’s grotesque fur-child

Mica Paris and Jamal Kane Crawford in a scene from Fame The Musical.

Fame the Musical touts an old-fashioned message in today’s world of reality shows and instant celebrity

On Love Island, relationship units are formed in an ancient rite overseen by a shiny, terrifying priestess named Caroline Flack. This is called “the Recoupling”.

Unlike the BBC’s 1900 Island, Love Islanders are tasked with making sweet, sweet love

A combination of file pictures  shows the 10 declared contenders in the Conservative Party leadership contest. Top row:  Boris Johson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid. Bottom row:  Matt Hancock, Mark Harper, Esther McVey, Rory Stewart,  Andrea Leadsom.  Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty Images

The Conservative party has had its first vote on a future leader. Six candidates remain

Robert Smith of the Cure. Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage

Review: The supposedly gloomy band treat the crowd to two-and-a-half-hours of pure joy

Mica Paris in Fame the Musical

The ex-pop star on ‘meddling suits’, her brother’s violent death and Fame The Musical

Jackie Healy-Rae jnr takes a break from canvassing to visit his grandfather Jackie’s grave in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

New councillors include a famous Kerry name, a Gogglebox star, and the State's youngest councillor

Jared Diamond’s latest book focuses on how various countries deal with times of crisis. Photograph:  Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/Getty

Cautious optimist: Author Jared Diamond believes there is a 50/50 chance of fixing the world

St Patrick’s Street in Cork. “Cork has amazing bone structure: the beautiful river, the harbour, the hills, the lovely architecture,” says Shane Clarke, chief executive of Nano Nagle Place. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Cork votes on Friday on whether it needs an elected mayor. Is it ready to make the decision?

Sarah McTernan of Ireland performs during second semi-final of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel May 16, 2019. Reuters/ Amir Cohen

Luckily, we have Marty Whelan. Listening to him is like having a gentle nervous breakdown

An image of the planned North Quays redevelopment in Waterford city. Picture: Waterford City and Council Council

Could a directly elected mayor help rescue Waterford city from ‘a century of decline’?

Ryan Tubridy again ingratiates himself with the real people of Ireland on this, the latest Late Late Show Country Special.

Patrick Freyne on RTÉ’s annual reach-out to the ‘irradiated wasteland beyond Greystones’

Niamh Brown and Mary Conlon (and Nelly) at Ormston House cultural centre. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Limerick residents discuss the future of their city ahead of a mayoral plebiscite

Renters: Janette Byrne and Nigel Clark at the home they’re due to leave in June. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin’s spiralling rents have left many people facing the prospect of homelessness

 Patrick Freyne on the route of the proposed Liffey cycle track. Photograph: James Forde

‘Cycling in Dublin always felt like behaviour of post-Catholic masochists’

I’m no art critic but there are a few problems with Kapoor’s work

The sculptor was asked to create a Brexit-themed artwork and this is it

“I fell out with all my friends. They were all leavers and I binned the lot of them,” says Steve Bray. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Rifts stemming from referendum will last for generations, says campaigner

Sinéad Gleeson: ‘If your life is untroubled by surgery or pain you don’t know you’re born’. Photograph: Bríd O’Donovan

Constellations author speaks about bereavement, illness and how that affects her writing

Pro-Brexit protesters outside Westminster, London. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Pro-Brexit supporters outside Westminster are united in little except a sense of betrayal

Richard Tice and Tim Martin address the crowd from the bus at Towcester. Photograph: Patrick Freyne

Hardcore Brexiteers remain steadfast on Sunderland to London Leave Means Leave march

It’s not just leave voters who are angry in different parts of the UK. An anti-Brexit campaigner holds a placard calling for national unity outside the Houses of Parliament in London, England. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Many people in quaint Buckinghamshire town unconcerned with Westminster drama

‘The idle French and the Germans take [immigrants] and put them on a row boat and say, “Off you go to England”,’ says Stephen, a Brexiteer, in Dover. Photograph: Patrick Freyne

Despite talk of no-deal traffic chaos, fervent leavers in Kent seem hell-bent on Brexit

Cathy Ellison and Stuart Thomson at the march calling for a People’s Vote on Brexit in London on Saturday.

Patrick Freyne reports on the signs, speeches and spacemen at the landmark protest

Brexit Britain (from top left): Kieran Genius, Nicole Elizabeth, Wendy Lumley, Br Adam Lee; (bottom row, from left) Brian and Maureen Gilmartin, James Jefford, Dan Curtis, and Tony Wyatt and Pietro Riccio. Photographs: Ric Mellis

Patrick Freyne revisits English towns to find out how views have changed since 2016

Alex McMahon and Stefan Paudler with the ‘Brexitometer’, which seeks to divine local opinion.

Leave and remain voters in the Welsh town of Wrexham just want Brexit over with

St Paul’s CBS Secondary School: Dylan O’Toole and Kian Fitzwilliam. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kian Fitzwilliam, a student at the ‘Brunner’ in Dublin, says everyone should go to a Deis school

Five young Irish people discuss their early lives in modern Ireland – their fears, hopes, dreams and personal challenges. Intervie(...)

 Debbie Jenkinson (L): ‘It’s nice we have this virgin territory to explore and make our own thing happen.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

The artists behind Ireland’s new comic contest on why the artform is blossoming

From left clockwise: Conor McGregor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Elon Musk and Peter Casey. Photograph: Agencies

Peter Casey was your uncle’s angry Facebook post made flesh acting like Rodney Dangerfield

The film Threads will be Christmas viewing for all the family in a no-deal Brexit

Santa will have to use the door because after the Tories relax the child labour laws the chimneys will be crammed with urchin chim(...)

From African barbers to Korean restaurants, Parnell Street is the city’s international hub

A Muppet Christmas Carol: What the dickens is going on?

These festive classics seem innocent, but they hide a darker, more disturbing message

Charlie Haughey gets ready to recreate that Duran Duran video. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Leo Varadkar has been accused of trying to ‘get down with the kids’ via 1980s pop icon Kylie Minogue. Here’s how our former leader(...)

Kevin the Carrot: will you be rooting for him this Christmas?

Psycho carrots, a reverse-ageing Elton John and Melania Trump as a Stepford wife

Irene Edwards: “We don’t talk politics in the shop.” Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The Welsh port town voted Leave. Were locals ‘led like lambs to the slaughter’?

Host Ryan Tubridy and the School of Uke ukulele orchestra from east Cork during  auditions for the Late Late Toy Show in Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The lead-up to Christmas would not be the same without Black Friday, Cyber Monday, John Lewis ad day and the Fine Gael ardfheis

Let Her Fly: Ziauddin Yousafzai with his daughter in the 2015 documentary He Called Me Malala

The activist’s courage has never wavered, despite the Taliban’s attack on his daughter

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra at rehearsal in the National Concert Hall. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Playing in the RTÉCO is no easy task, not least as rumours swirl about its future

Power for the people: Classic Marvel Comics titles from the 1960s and 1970s. Screengrab via Pinterest

The man behind Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk and the Uncanny X-Men made it okay to express your feelings while w(...)

The John Lewis Christmas, The Boy and The Piano, features Elton John. Photograph: John Lewis & Partners/PA

No dyed purple swans? No jewelled obelisks? This is disappointing, writes Patrick Freyne

Ciara Kelly: 'It’s really important in media to have different voices and different people represented.' Photograph: Tom Honan

The former GP does not hold back on her Newstalk show, even if it gets her into trouble

Spice cadets: Sporty, Baby, Scary, Ginger and Posh get ziggy wit’ it. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Patrick Freyne: The bolshie popstrels ruled the 1990s. Can they make Britannia cool again?

Darragh Doyle of Foodcloud delivering items to Paula Mahon of Jobstown Against Drug Dependency. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A nationwide initiative that aims to cut food waste and to stop people going to bed hungry

Rahul Mandal (centre) is crowned champion by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (right) Photograph: C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/PA

The show’s idyllic setting sits outside the common market, part of no customs union

Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Seán Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Surely some only marginally-compromised elder statesfolk could have been conjured up to give Higgins some proper competition? Photograph: Tom Honan

It’s about time we had a moneyed trigger-happy weirdo as head of state. #diversity

Podge, Rodge and Doireann Garrihy (God love her)

After eight years off TV, the irreverent puppets still say ‘mickey’ a lot. And that’s kind of it

Bressie: “I navigate anxiety in a very healthy and very manageable way every day, and I think there is a perception that it’s not part of my life any more.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bressie has written a book for children with the message that it’s okay to feel sad

Prince Harry  with Meghan Markle: crack cocaine for Britons who have given up hope of bettering their lot and see sitcom repeats on UK Gold as “rolling news”.   Photograph. Ian Vogler/Reuters

You say you’re not interested in the royal family, but you know you are. We know it too

 Candidates (from left) Peter Casey; Liadh Ni Riada; Gavin Duffy and Joan Freeman. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Patrick Freyne: You could argue that it would be better to run a Rose of Tralee-style pageant

Former US president Bill Clinton plays the sax with BB King (right) and Dave Boruff (centre) in 2001. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty

I’m easily swayed by politicians who do art. Here are some of my favourites

“I’m a big narcissist. I’m in every scene.” Amy Huberman during filming of Finding Joy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The quips fly on and off camera during the filming of Finding Joy, RTÉ’s new comedy

Lord Sugar with this year’s Apprentice candidates, who include ‘the Beyoncé of business’, a ‘mumpreneur’, an ‘extremist’, a molester of metaphorical bulls and   a human ATM. Photograph: Jim Marks

The show only tests ability to suck up to Lord Sugar and laugh loudly at his lame jokes

And it’s goodnight from me . . . The Coop and the Cap on Virgin Media’s ‘The Tonight Show’

The Kerry TD co-presented ‘The Tonight Show’ with Matt Cooper, cleverly infiltrating Dublin’s liberal media. What next, ghost-writ(...)

Senator Lynn Ruane, who has just written her autobiography, in Killinarden, in Tallaght. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Watching friends die gave the Senator the drive to experience life, motherhood and education

That’s entertainment? Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In a horrible vision, Patrick Freyne is visited by the Ghost of Electric Picnic Future

John Connors: “I went home to my mother and said, ‘What’s a knacker?’ And I could just see the dread in her face.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Love/Hate actor on creativity, anti-Traveller bias, and being too outspoken

Yuval Noah Harari: “The reality of the 21st century is frightening, so I understand why people wish to turn away from it. But we don’t have any choice.”

The Israeli historian on nostalgia, nationalism and the need for global co-operation

Pope Francis arrives at the Phoenix Park to celebrate mass. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Patrick Freyne: Boy (14) forces his family to travel from Kerry to park for ‘historic’ day

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after attending the Festival of Families at Croke Park during his visit to Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Patrick Freyne: Pope Francis receives families, gets selfie with a child and gives a speech with a mother-in-law joke

Rick role: never gonna give up trying to replicate the golden-voiced croonster’s buoyant bouffant

Patrick Freyne: Hobbits, Phil Collins, The Monkees – these were my role models

Internships are technically meant to be a form of skills training. In recent years, however, “internship” has become shorthand for “unpaid job”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish arts industry functions thanks to unpaid interns. Yet many feel unappreciated

Photograph: Klubovy/E+/Getty

Conor and Zhanna O’Clery’s experiences encapsulated life in the Soviet Union

The choir of St John the Baptist Catholic church in Killeagh, Co Cork, which will  sing at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Mass-goers in Dublin and Cork on their relationship with God, Catholicism and the Pope

 Russian president Vladimir Putin with US actor Steven Seagal  at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool

I didn’t know he was accused of sexual assault and was an apologist for a KGB-trained autocrat

His large face was mesmerising and his Mona Lisa-like smile seemed to draw more and more information from me. I began to feel self-conscious.

I respect him. He’s the only mogul in Ireland with no intention of running for the presidency

You need the umbrella, the togs, the wind breaker and don’t forget the chips on the way home. Photograph: iStock

Delicious, daring and downright useful ideas for making the best of our summer days

Ilac Centre Library. Photograph:  Tom Honan/The Irish Times

In other countries libraries may be under threat but there’s a queue every morning outside Dublin’s Central Library

Simon Rich: smart and goofy hot takes on modernity. Photograph: Melissa Fuller

Review: former ‘Saturday Night Live’ writer’s short stories don’t go deep, but they will make you lol

Bosco: a ginger-haired, property-owning gaelgoir with an uafasach temper

Patrick Freyne: Freaks and Geeks,The West Wing, Friends – why not?

Conor McGregor at the World Cup with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: @thenotoriousmma/Instagram

MMA fighter’s praise for Putin comes during quite a week for preposterous men

Does your area suffer from a particular problem, such as illegal dumping? Photograph: iStock

We want to hear about the challenges communities face, and potential solutions

Marion Graham greets RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey. Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

Patrick Freyne spends a day with the commentator who went from being a 'Yank' blow-in in Co Clare to one of the most loved charact(...)

The Court Buildings in Smithfield, Dublin, where the Children’s Court is located. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s Children’s Court deals with cases from thefts of sweets to joyriding and assault

President Michael D Higgins studies an installation titled Inner Labyrinths by artist Caoimhe O’Dwyer during the preview of the NCAD Graduate Show 2016 on Thomas Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bertie? A Healy Rae? ‘That eejit Bono’? A better bet is a basket of cuddly kittens

Do you feel such placements are exploitative, or are they mutually beneficial?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Patrick Freyne: Prince should feel at home here, given he looks like a John Hinde postcard

Tom Hanks in The Post: we swoon, fan ourselves or need to be alone for a few minutes with “our thoughts”

Patrick Freyne: As Leo Varadkar was siding with Trump on the media, I thought: How did I get here?

‘We need to de-stigmatise sleep as being for a lazy or weak person’

The cast during rehearsals of Paul Howard’s ‘Copper Face Jacks’ in the Olympia, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

Paul Howard’s musical tells story of a Kerry woman following her dream of working in VHI

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