Author John Boyne: ‘You don’t know me, don’t judge me.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The great Russian writer Anton Chekhov had one piece of advice for aspiring authors: the centre of gravity of any story should always be two character(...)

‘The Big Picture: A Woman’s World’ featured a live discussion co-presented by Miriam O’Callaghan and Brendan Courtney

When Kelly Dolan’s daughter was three years old she told her kindergarten class what her parents did for a living. “Daddy flies aeroplanes,” she told (...)

Brendan Courtney and his mother Nuala in We Need to Talk about Mam. Photograph: RTE

Early in Brendan Courtney’s new documentary We Need to Talk About Mam (RTÉ One, Monday, 9.35pm) – cross between a frank personal diary, a financial ad(...)

 This Crowded House Series 2, Episode 1 Brendan Courtney with Denise, Fred and family

With its upbeat agenda, sprightly soundtrack and buoyant presenter, it’s still not clear if This Crowded House (RTÉ Two, Wednesday, 9.30pm) knew exact(...)

They’ve got gay marriage, can’t they just get on with it now? This, and similar sentiments start to swirl around the edges of a certain kind of conver(...)

Brendan Courtney in ‘This Crowded House’

Are you in your 20s, 30s – or even 40s – and still enjoying the creature comforts of home? Or desperately trying to move out? Or maybe you’re a hard-p(...)

Andrea Horan: “I’m not a big crier, but when I cry, I cry for a year.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When did you last cry? Brendan: Yesterday. A song came on and it made me think about my dad, dreading the first Christmas without him. I’m looking fo(...)

Bluebird has 1,600 staff providing in-home care services to clients, including the elderly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The Irish division of homecare provider, Bluebird Care, is to begin recruiting for 370 new roles nationwide. The company, which says it has encounter(...)

Dancing with the schedule: Adrian Lynch, controller of RTÉ One and RTÉ2.

Ireland’s obsessions with weather and sporting glory will be given pride of place in RTÉ’s new season of television programming, which it will launch (...)

Living longer is frequently presented entirely in negatives such as “pensions time bomb” and projections of a society too old and infirm to take care of itself. Photograph: iStock

We are living longer than at any point in human history and if we can just avoid any Twitter-fuelled nuclear apocalypse over the next three years and (...)

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