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Domhnall Herdman, Clinton Liberty, Megan McDonnell, Ross Gaynor and Kwaku Fortune, who all studied at the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in Trinity College, Dublin, and appeared in TV series Normal People. photograph: Dara Macdónaill/The Irish Times

Just what is it about Normal People that resonated with so many people? Is it the so-wrong-they’re-right love affair between Marianne and Connell, who(...)

WB Yeats: pandemic fears. Photograph: George C Beresford/Getty Images

WB Yeats’s The Second Coming was written at a momentous time in 20th-century Europe, an era of uncertainty and upheaval in the wake of the first World(...)

Josephine McNeill: the first woman to head an Irish diplomatic mission. Photograph: Courtesy of UCD Archives

Josephine McNeill was the first woman to head an Irish diplomatic mission. She took up her post in The Hague 70 years ago in January 1950 and served i(...)

The Irishman: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano

There has been an almighty turnover on Netflix since we last compiled this list, with more than half of our favourite films that time around disappear(...)

John Butler (21)  has been charged with murdering his father John  in Portlaw, Co Waterford, last weekend.

A 21-year-old has been charged with murdering his father in Portlaw, Co Waterford. John Butler, who was 48, died following an assault last weekend on(...)

The scene of the fatal assault at Brown Street, Portlaw, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A man is due to appear in court on Sunday charged in connection with the fatal assault of a man in Portlaw, Co Waterford in the early hours of Saturda(...)

Gardaí   are believed to be of the view Frankie Dunne was killed on the grounds of Castlegreina House where his body was found.

Gardaí investigating the murder of a homeless man in Cork are believed to be making good progress in their investigation after establishing he was kil(...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

From left: actor Alejandro Patino, filmmaker John Butler and actor Matt Bomer from the film ‘Papi Chulo’ pose for a portrait during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your life?  My life has been an avalanche of privilege, but refusing to answer this question on (...)

 Hugh O’Conor - ‘the cheery Dubliner has emerged as one of our busiest hyphenates.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Hugh O’Conor is pondering the years after his breakthrough role in My Left Foot. “I didn’t do some jobs I was offered,” he says. “My parents said I h(...)

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