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Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown in this year’s ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas special. Photograph: Alan Peebles

The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special was the most-watched television programme in Ireland this Christmas. Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Mummy, in which(...)

Architect Oriol Capdevila in Barcelona’s Poble Nou district where he helped build the Olympic Village. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

Perched on a hill to the west of the city centre, the Montjuïc Communications Tower overlooks a large esplanade in front of Barcelona’s Olympic Stadiu(...)

The Ticket Awards 2017 is entering the final straight, but there is still everything to play for in this year’s poll. Voting across all categories f(...)

Bringing it  all together – actor Peter Duffy

Although he died almost 140 years ago, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has aged surprisingly well.   This is partly because (in the book Th(...)

Former Cork hurler Donal Óg Cusack. File photograph: Inpho

Former Cork hurler Dónal Óg Cusack tonight night stood down from the board of the State’s governing sports body as he “did not wish any controversy” t(...)

Nina Hoss in Return to Montauk

The latest film from the great Volker Schlöndorff – director of The Tin Drum and The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum – looks very much as a novelist had(...)

Film-maker Volker Schlöndorff with writer Colm Tóibín. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

When Angela Merkel watched anxiously for results in Sunday’s federal election, one of her closest friends wasn’t there to hold her hand. Film directo(...)

“I should have called it Roy Keane House”: Eamon Dunphy at home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“That was a cakewalk for Liverpool last night,” says the photographer. “It was, but they’re still dodgy at the back,” says Eamon Dunphy. “And Klopp’(...)

Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair: the Hamlet of mock indignation. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Joe Duffy has done a great deal of good in his time, but if he ever ends up in line for canonisation, it will surely be due to Wednesday’s Liveline (R(...)

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