The workforce at the Ford motor company in Cork

RTÉ catches a lot of flack over the uneven quality of its scripted drama and comedy but one genre at which the broadcaster has long excelled are docum(...)

Anne Doyle on retirement: ‘If I could have afforded it, I would have gone out earlier.’ Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

THE FORMER RTÉ NEWSREADER OF 30 YEARS ON HER POPULARITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA, HER BRIEF RETURN TO TV WITH WATERFORD WHISPERS, THE PERKS OF RETIREMENT, A(...)

I have developed an extreme FOMO   when it comes to the news. Photograph: iStock

I have developed an extreme fear of missing out when it comes to the news, poring over it regularly and searching for updates. I keep my earphones nea(...)

Keys to My Life: Anne Doyle with presenter Brendan Courtney

Anne Doyle was an enigma across her decades as first lady of television news. And the former newsreader’s mystique endures in the opening episode of K(...)

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(...)

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