Shane Jennings: “Rugby players are very self-critical but we have to learn to be patient, to accept we are not good at what we do [after the game] and just try to get better.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Most people assumed Shane Jennings would be a coach by now. It seemed an obvious route for the man who, along with Leo Cullen, ignited Leinster’s cult(...)

The ‘Irish Times’ Home & Design Theatre at the Ideal Home Show.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th 1pm: Introduction to The Irish Times Home & Design Theatre followed by The quantity surveyor versus the architect : head-to-(...)

Storm in a smartphone: A graphic shown at the National Emergency Coordination Centre illustrates the anticipated arrival of Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Yes, people in Ireland like talking about the weather, inhaling the forecasts like oxygen on even the most nondescript of days. But as ex-Hurricane Op(...)

Carmel Harrington author of 'Cold Feet – The Lost Years'

Novelist Carmel Harrington left a career in sales for Aer Lingus and 3M to write full-time and has six books to her name including the recently publis(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s 75th Ard Fheis in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Faíl has advised its party members to fight the party’s corner on social media and not to “surrender”. The party’s agenda for the annual ard f(...)

Keelin Shanley will present live coverage  of the budget speech on RTÉ.

When Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe stands up in the Dáil on Tuesday to deliver his budget, RTÉ management will be hoping for a smidgen of good (...)

Al Porter adapts to the Cilla role with such ease it’s as if he’s been waiting to do this forever. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

It’s funny how the iconic Blind Date theme tune also manages to sound a bit like the Jaws theme. Both are a warning siren that something terrifying is(...)

‘International pay-TV companies  have made massive monies on the back of free Irish-made content.’  File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In the midst of parliamentary committee deliberations one occasionally comes across an exchange which encapsulates the stark choices at the centre of (...)

Lucy Kennedy with Katie Hopkins, whose self-obsession has the all-consuming gravity of a black hole

At the start of Living With Lucy (TV3, Tuesday, 10pm), presenter Lucy Kennedy can’t seem to locate the front door to the home of her latest host, “con(...)

RTÉ’s mast in Donnybrook. The broadcaster believes it should be allowed to charge pay-TV operators for its channels. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sky will drop RTÉ from its platform if the Government does not continue to oblige the public service broadcaster to offer its channels to pay-TV compa(...)