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Tell us the best joke you know. Photograph: Marc Vuillermoz/Onoky/Getty

It has been a long lockdown, with far too few laughs. The Irish Times is doing its bit to bring mirth to its readers by seeking and publishing the bes(...)

Dave Allen’s status as an Irish man abroad, whether in England, South Africa or Australia, often found its way into his routine. Photograph: PA

David Tynan O’Mahony. To his family, a gardener, a cook, a painter and a storyteller. To his friends and fans, a comedic legend, a mentor, a lover of (...)

Lisa McGee, creator and writer of Channel 4 hit ‘Derry Girls’ was recognised as a rising star at a television industry dinner at the Irish embassy in London.

Irish television talent and executives attended a special industry dinner in the Irish embassy in London last night at which Derry Girls creator Lisa (...)

Aidan Gillen as comedian Dave Allen in Dave Allen at Peace: while he looks the part, he’s not a atural comic actor

If your life story is inadequate, a young Dave Allen is advised early in the course of his own, it’s up to you to improve it. Or, to quote the Irish c(...)

The Gloaming Live at the National Concert Hall in March 2018. Photograph: York Tillyer

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm Rock star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof leads the names joining Ryan Tubridy on Good Friday’s Late La(...)

Erasure: Vince Clarke and Andy Bell
Andy Bell: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I’ve just finished Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. That was out about 15 years ago, but it’s quite a thick book and took me a(...)

The Young Offenders

It’s still so young as a medium: not even a century old. But so much has happened to television recently, it’s hard to say how we’ll be watching it by(...)

Tommy Tiernan: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I came to consciousness in three minutes’ time in a carpet factory in Navan, with some foreman shouting ‘Cop on Tiernan! Stop daydreaming!’”

If you were wondering how Tommy Tiernan prepares for gigs – a spot of shadow-boxing, perhaps; maybe screaming into a bag for half an hour, or listenin(...)

 St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Letsbuyhealthcare aims to strike deals with private hospitals by negotiating collectively for a large number of patients who need the same treatment.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thousands of patients may be able to access cut-price treatment in private hospitals, even though they do not have private health insurance, under a n(...)

Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans has signed with Chesterfield. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Chesterfield have announced the signing of Ched Evans, three months before the 27-year-old faces retrial for the rape charge he had quashed in April. (...)

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