Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

Covid-19 restrictions mean the bells of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin will not ring in the New Year for the first time in living memory and possib(...)

From arts and media to politics and law, it’s the graduates of all-girls Catholic schools who are blazing a trail for independent women. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/ AFP/ Getty

The convent school prefect is having a moment. From arts and media to politics and law, it’s the graduates of all-girls Catholic schools who are blazi(...)

Rob Heffernan and his partner Emily Barker. After receiving high praise from the judges last week for this contemporary number, Rob was eliminated. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

“It’s in the hands of the gods,” says Olympic race walker Robert Heffernan in rehearsal footage, forgetting that Dancing with the Stars is actually in(...)

Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner)

There are unmistakable shadows of The Turn of the Screw in Brian O’Malley’s modestly successful ghost story. Working from a script by David Turpin, th(...)

Al Porter launching ‘Luminosity’ at the Custom House, part of the three-day Dublin New Year Festival. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many people cannot wait to see the back of 2016, but for the comedian Al Porter it has been a very good year. He turned up to launch the New Year Fe(...)