“If you have any sort of an accent, smart assistants can struggle to accept your commands. Kerry people may know more about that.” Photograph: Getty Images

When you find yourself having murderous thoughts about your household appliances, then you know that this Covid lockdown is getting to you. More time(...)

Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman and has now been cast as Cleopatra,  attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2018. Photogaph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

What did Patty Jenkins think would happen when news emerged that she was to direct Gal Gadot as Cleopatra in a big-budget epic for Paramount? How did (...)

John Doran (Finbar Lowe) and Caitríona Ennis (Emer Hackett) in The Fall of the Second Republic. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

What if you could step back in time? Things might well turn out to have be worse. The Fall of the Second Republic, the new play from Corn Exchange, br(...)

This year’s Bafta film nominations have been announced, with Joker leading the way after scoring 11 nominations and Saoirse Ronan picking up a nominat(...)

Leo Varadkar gets Scrooged: ‘Tiny Tim should get a job.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

It would be much in keeping with the tone of A Christmas Carol – the opening sections anyway – to write a grumpy column debunking it for the ages. A M(...)

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf (writer-director Taika Waititi), and his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) in Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox

And just like that it was deep winter. The football season ceases for around 10 minutes. So we shouldn’t reel too much at the news that awards season (...)

Ghislaine Maxwell at an event in New York in 2013. File photograph: by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

Shortly after Ghislaine Maxwell arrived in New York from England in the early 1990s, she was looking for a new start. She had just lost her father, a (...)

Audiobooks can be an expensive habit, so this offer means you don’t have to burn through your Audible account too quickly

For those of you who burn through your Audible credit in the first week, audiobooks can be an expensive habit. At £7.99 (roughly €9) per month, it’s n(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong supported by Iain Henderson goes on a charge against England at Twickenham during Six Nations match. Photograph: Inpho

Denis Hickie told a cool story one time on a podcast about professional rugby being a young sport still. He found himself one day back in the 2000s wa(...)

Rory McIlroy earned $50m, while Conor McGregor pocketed $34 million to make in into Forbes’s  World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities 2017 list

Golfer Rory McIlroy and MMA and UFC star Cornor McGregor are among the world’s top 100 earning “celebrities”. Four-time Major winner McIlroy earned $5(...)

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