Mat Donovan leads his Knocknagow team in a game of hurling in the earliest surviving footage of hurling on film (Knocknagow, Film Company of Ireland, 1918)

The GAA moved from fearing to embracing television without thinking twice about it. The only note of contention is when that transformation occurred. (...)

Deirdre O’Kane as Christine Noble in Noble

How do you capture a personality so enormous as Christina Noble? Over the last quarter of a century, the indomitable Dubliner has toiled energ(...)

MP Nadine Dorries drew criticism in 2012 for going on the reality show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! The stereotypical Irish characters in her debut novel may draw some more: “Jerry was an Irishman. He might have been about to have sex for the first time in almost two years, he might have been angry and have lost all reason, but he wasn’t going to spill the Guinness.” Photograph: PA
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  • April 8, 2014, 12:29

The much-maligned saga genre, made famous by Catherine Cookson and focusing on the hard-knock lives of working-class families in the north of E(...)