Ardal O Hanlon

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Ardal O’Hanlon: Brings just the right combination of frivolity and sincerity

People can be slow to keep a record of pleasure. We remember the serious stuff first: the battles and wars, important dates and deaths, tragedies and (...)

Derry Girls: Louise Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Dylan Llewellyn and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

By any measure the first series of Derry Girls, the whip-smart sitcom about four girls and a transplanted English boy grappling with teenage frustrati(...)

Film director Neil Jordan in Galway for the World premiere of The Butcher Boy, 1997. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Academy Award-winning Irish director and screenwriter Neil Jordan has donated his personal archive to the National Library of Ireland. Among the ite(...)

Comedy show Father Ted ran between 1995 and 1998.

Hundreds of Father Ted fans are expected to flock to “Craggy Island”, normally known as Inis Mór, for Tedfest celebrations ahead of the 20th anniversa(...)

Part of the reason 'Father Ted' remains popular today  is that its anarchic humour has a certain timelessness.

On October 1st, 2014, thousands marched through Dublin protesting against the imposition of water charges. Many demonstrators brandished home-made pla(...)

Former Greek finance minister and author Yanis Varoufakis introduced himself as ‘a failed finance minister from a bankrupt state’. Photograph: Alina Kisina

On Sunday, at the eighth iteration of Kilkenomics, casually dressed international economists stroll Kilkenny’s windy streets having strange interactio(...)

Children from around the country compete in table tennis at the Aldi Community Games Festivals. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The table quiz final at the Community Games is barely two rounds old and already the fat lady has started to clear her throat within earshot of the te(...)

Iseult Casey and Shane Murray-Corcoran in ‘Twice Shy’: does not  normalise the procedure of abortion –   merely normalises the idea that one can travel to the UK

An inverted Hibernian Before Sunrise, Twice Shy follows Andy (Shane Murray-Corcoran) and Maggie (Iseult Casey), a young Irish couple, as they travel t(...)

“Twice Shy” director Tom Ryan on set with Iseult Casey and Shane Murray-Corcoran

In 1928’s Road to Ruin – one of the first films to depict abortion – a teenager terminates her pregnancy, and, in a hitherto undocumented side effect,(...)

If last week’s annual Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland dinner is anything to go by, all our property industry woes are behind us. With more than(...)

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