CJ Stander in action against England’s George Ford during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Strange days. The best-case scenario has rugby returning before summer as panic is eventually replaced by relief and even a little joy. In the likely (...)

Get tickets for Donal Lunny, TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards, Ímar and Kern

Sunday 23rd Dónal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín, Strung, Eoin O’Riabhaigh & Johnny McCarthy and the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestr(...)

Irish 19th-century elliptical side table €2,500-€3,500 at Hegarty Antiques

Tuesday, December 10th Fonsie Mealy, Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, Rare Irish books and general sale. In excess of €350,000 realised wit(...)

Jack B Yeats’ trunk, which he placed in storage at the Bank of Ireland vaults in the 1950s,  is expected to sell for €300-€400

2019 has been quite the year for Jack Butler Yeats. After the recent Whytes and Christie’s sale at the RDS where a new world record was set for the ar(...)

Endgame: Andrew Bennett, Rosaleen Linehan, Des Keogh and Anthony Morris. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

ROSALEEN LINEHAN AND DES KEOGH ON GETTING COMFY IN THE BINS AT THE END OF THE WORLD IN PAN PAN’S NEW PRODUCTION OF SAMUEL BECKETT’S ENDGA(...)

Ben Smith: his poetic abilities paint the surroundings of the novel in vivid detail.

Doggerland, an area of land that connected Britain to continental Europe, was flooded by rising sea levels somewhere between 6,500-6,200 BC. Now it is(...)

Microdisney: “The shows exceeded our expectations, which were high enough to begin with,” says Cathal Coughlan, second from left

Where there is an end, there might also be a cautious beginning. Cathal Coughlan, the Cork man perhaps best known for being the vocalist and lyricist (...)

Rahul Mandal (centre) is crowned champion by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (right) Photograph: C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/PA

The final of The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4, Tuesday) opens, as usual, with near-erotic footage of pastries and flans. Once again, I do not kno(...)

The southern border is the current seat of US anxieties, but the migration debate does not stop there. Photograph Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Large countries nurse an insecurity of their own. Their size promises power but their endless borders gift the outside world opportunities for incursi(...)

 Cormac McCarthy as CEO Ulster Bank  in 2009. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

US private equity giant Oaktree is lining up Cormac McCarthy as chairman for a new Irish retail-focused real-estate investment trust (Reit) that it is(...)

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