Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “In Buffy, its mostly clean-cut high-school kids from California and then the demons are the outsiders, the people no one wants to deal with. So it’s actually an attack on conformism that was growing.”

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Bram Stoker: the Dubliner is best known for his 1897 gothic novel Dracula. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Hold on to your heads for Halloween, celebrating the 3,000-year-old Celtic festival of Samhain

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Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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The Irish comedian has been named as a new team captain on British TV comedy show ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’

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