Frank Hall

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Dublin Castle. Frank Digby Hardy was recruited as an intelligence agent and sent to Dublin with the intention of catching the elusive Michael Collins. Photograph: Frank Miller

One of the most bizarre events of the War of Independence took place in September 1920. A British spy was trying to inveigle his way into the highest (...)

Cllr Deirdre Conroy on a motorbike in 2019. Photograph: Facebook

If anyone doubted Fianna Fáil’s genius for publicity they need only look at a bizarre video that emerged on social media last week. The History of Dei(...)

 Broadcaster and presenter Gay Byrne at Caesar’s Italian Restaurant, Dame Street, Dublin in 1971. Photograph: Pat Langan

The long shadow which Gay Byrne casts across the history of Irish broadcasting is often reduced in the telling to a handful of key moments which are d(...)

Eamon Morrissey as the “Minister for Hardship”

Sadness at Liam Cosgrave’s death this week was accompanied, in my case, by a vague feeling of guilt. This was because it brought back 40-year-old memo(...)

Michael Twomey (right)  in 2012 with Frank Duggan with whom he played as characters Miah and Cha in “Hall’s Pictorial Weekly”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fond tributes have been paid to veteran Cork actor Michael Twomey who has died aged 84. A stalwart of the Cork theatrical scene for decades, he was b(...)

Roger Casement: Listed “GBP 50 in gold and silver; 1 pair binoculars; and 1 lamp”

A Treasure Island-style map drawn by Sir Roger Casement to show where he had buried gold and other valuables after landing at Banna Strand in Co Kerry(...)

Frank Kelly: “he had stories coming out of his ears. It was always incredibly entertaining to be with him.”

Frank Kelly, who has died aged 77, was a wonderfully versatile comic talent who became best known for his portrait of the alcoholic Father Jack Hacket(...)

Some of Frank Kelly’s memorable radio sketches on The Glen Abbey Radio Show were phone calls from gombeen culchie Gobnait O’Lúnasa. Photograph: Finbar O’Rourke/Collins Dublin

1. Hall’s Pictorial Weekly: The long-running satirical TV programme (RTÉ, 1971- 1982) created by Frank Hall, featured a newsroom set in the fictitio(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

Bill O’Herlihy: his courtesy generated a co-operative equanimity, even in the face of turbo-charged egos and sharp disagreements. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Bill O’Herlihy, who has died aged 76, was a journalist whose career, stretching over print and broadcast media for more than half a century, was as le(...)