Members of the Theatrical Cavaliers Cricket Club form guard of honour as the remains of actor Pat Laffan are carried out of St Michael’s church following his funeral Mass in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The actor and director Pat Laffan was remembered as a lovable, gruff curmudgeon during his funeral Mass in Dublin on Tuesday. Laffan was a man who co(...)

 DrJames Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, at  Fine Gael’s 78th ardfheis, at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. “The only way we can win this election is by telling our story - over and over and over again,” he declared.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

For all the highfalutin talk, one line from a warm-up speaker on Enda’s undercard explained what Fine Gael’s weekend was really about. It came from d(...)

England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

So England are favourites for both the World Cup and the Six Nations Championship? Yes and no. They’re pretty chipper about winning when hostin(...)