Deirdre O Kane

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Deirdre O’Kane: ‘I can’t watch the refugee crisis for another minute. I can’t pass another homeless person in the street.’

The homelessness and the refugee crisis is why I started Paddy’s Night in support of Comic Relief. I can’t watch the refugee crisis for another minute(...)

Norah Casey and Curtis Pritchard dancing a paso doblw – she is the first celeb to exit the show. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien/RTÉ

Now that we know our celebs a little bit better, it’s time to start saying goodbye with the first elimination of this year’s Dancing with the Stars go(...)

Dancing with the Stars: second series begins on Sunday. Photograph: RTE

Each Sunday – well for the next 13 weeks anyhow – your end-of-weekend fear will be soothed by the presence of vaguely famous stars and their spangly p(...)

Neil Delamere: It was only supposed to be a bit of craic.

“I was absolutely terrified, I have to say. I think it’s hard to look back and remember how scared you were,” says comedian Neil Delamere, about the f(...)

 Phillip McMahon and Rory O’Neill “We’re away somewhere, it’s in the middle of a tour, or at the end of one, so there’s not a huge amount of pressure at that moment, and we’re somewhere nice, food, a beach, all that. And we’re lucky to get to do that a lot”

Phillip McMahon: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? Rory: Do technical drawing. Phillip: The worst advice I ever received was from an acc(...)

Carla Mooney gets first go in the  the Red Bull Soundome at Electric Picnic ahead of the festival’s opening on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

SALTY DOG Friday 02.50-03.00 Salty Dog No-Stars: ‘Exile on Main Street’ 01.35-02.30 Otherkin 24.25-01.15 Booka Brass Band 23.15-24.05 DD Allen 2(...)

The Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival in  Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s fair to call Castlepalooza the biggest gaff party of the summer, except it’s in a castle, Charleville Castle to be precise. With approximately 5,(...)

Cartoonist Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow. Photograph: J.P. Trostle

Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, is tired of drawing Donald Trump. Perkins has drawn him as an angry baby, as a deranged superhero/villain, as the sensi(...)

Sarah Bolger,  Colm Meaney and Nikesh Patel in Halal Daddy

Is everyday decency and human warmth enough to be getting on with? Just about. Conor McDermottroe’s fitful comedy concerning attempts to set up a Hala(...)

Nikesh Patel and Colm Meaney in  ‘Halal Daddy’

The rescue of a Sligo meat plant three decades ago by a Muslim businessman has been captured in a new film, Halal Daddy, directed by Conor McDermottro(...)

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