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Melanie Safka: whatever chemical processes that her meal of hamburger, shake and fries set off, it resulted in a work of art. Photograph: Michael Putland/Getty Images

This fact had somehow passed me by until recently. But as I now know, the song Brand New Key – a 2½-minute pop classic from 1971, by Melanie Safka – h(...)

Sil Fox at Dublin District Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I first heard about the allegation against Sil Fox when I was reporting Brendan Grace’s funeral in July 2019. Poor Sil, people said, dropping their vo(...)

Brendan O’Carroll stars in Mrs Brown’s Boys, which was the most watched show on RTÉ television on Christmas Day.

Brendan O’Carroll’s Mrs Brown’s Boys was the most watched television show by Irish viewers on Christmas Day for the ninth year in a row. Mrs Brown’s (...)

RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne died on November 4th

While Ireland crashed out of the Rugby World Cup at the wearingly familiar quarter-final stage again this year, Google searches for the Japanese showp(...)

Grace with Darlene and her father Brendan.

The very moment the thought kindled in her mind, guilt urged Melanie Grace to bat it away. “The book had just gone to print two days earlier and becau(...)

Gay Byrne. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

“If television is what moulded Irish society into its current state, Gay Byrne is undoubtedly the one who gave it shape. Even decades after his last b(...)

Lord Mayor Paul Mc Auliffe presenting the Lord Mayors Award to performer Panti Bliss. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

The Irish State must continue taking steps to combat homophobia and not become complacent about discrimination towards gay people because same-sex mar(...)

Brendan Grace: The documentary he set out to make, before discovering his cancer, is dedicated to people with dementia

A pro like Brendan Grace knew never to explain his jokes, but right at the start of Brendan Grace: Thanks for the Memories (RTÉ One, Monday, 9.35pm), (...)

  The late Brendan Grace’s  daughter Amanda, grandson James Gillespie (11) and wife Eileen, at The Wall of Fame at Shannon Airport on Tuesday. Photograph: Arthur Ellis.

The family of the late comedian Brendan Grace honoured one of his wishes by having his photo installed on the Wall of Fame at Shannon Airport departur(...)

Brendan Grace and Noel Whelan

Tributes were paid in the Dáil to two “giants of public life” barrister and commentator Noel Whelan and entertainer Brendan Grace. Fianna Fáil deputy(...)

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