Davy Byrne in action for Dublin in the All-Ireland final against Kerry. He played all but one of the county’s  championship games this season.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Davy Byrne’s magical reminiscence isn’t primarily to do with his considerable role in helping Dublin to achieve history in September. It relates back (...)

You’re no Lego Movie

If, in some future communist Utopia, you were teaching a course on the moral decline of the west, you could do worse than focus on two minor character(...)

Irish actor Jessie Buckley makes Forbes’s “30 under 30” list. Photograph: Tim Whitby/Getty Images

Eight Irish people have been included in Forbes’s prestigious “30 under 30” list of leading young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. These are jo(...)

Island of Dreams: Harry Enfield as Richard Branson. Photograph: BBC/Ray Burmiston

If you would prefer not to snoop and fawn through celebrity homes, and instead invite them round to yours for some laid-back fun and frolics, chances (...)

Joan Didion: understands that, often, the only way to tell the truth is to be frank about the ways in which you are ill-equipped to do so.   Photograph: Neville Elder/Corbis Sygma

Eight or 10 years ago, I started to hear interesting reports from people I know who teach writing. Students, these writers told me, were expressing an(...)

Sacha Baron Cohen at the premiere of ‘Grimsby’ in Westwood, California in 2016. Photograph: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

It takes a troll to know one. It is a perfect marriage of personas for the era of whinging that anything you don’t like is fake news. It is also the p(...)

GLOW: Kate Nash, Jackie Tohn, Kimmy Gatewood, Betty Gilpin, Shakira Barrera. Photograph: Netflix

GLOW Friday, Netflix Get out your spandex bodysuits and your favourite 80s mixtape : Zoya the Destroyer, Liberty Belle, Junkchain and the other Gorgeo(...)

Zoe Kazan’s  abiding cultural memory of Ireland, where she shot What If with Daniel Radcliffe, is the National Wax Museum. Photograph: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Nothing can really prepare you for how disarmingly honest Zoe Kazan is. The grand-daughter of Hollywood legend Elia Kazan and, for 11 years and counti(...)

Children dressed as Harry Potter in Bolton, UK on Friday, part of an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as the wizard. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Harry Potter fans around the world on Monday celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book about The Boy Who Lived. Harry Potter And The Philosophe(...)

Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’: ushered in an era when faithfulness to the text was seen as a virtue in itself

Back in 1999, David Hayman, a young producer then working on Antonia Bird’s arthouse cannibal flick Ravenous, swallowed hard and persuaded Warner Brot(...)

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