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Claire Byrne. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Absurdity mixed with slow-rising dread has become part of the fabric of daily life, and there is lots of both as Claire Byrne presents from her shed f(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: It is likely the UK will use this opportunity to highlight its independence from the dictates of the EU. Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA

Differences are emerging between the approaches taken by Ireland and by the UK to the threat posed by the coronavirus, divergences that could become s(...)

Al Pacino in Hunters, streaming from Friday on Amazon Prime

Lost Lives Sunday, BBC1, 9pm This acclaimed documentary was released last year in the same week that Arlene Foster claimed the Belfast Agreement was n(...)

Watering is continuing at Leopardstown to ensure the ground is fit for purpose for  Dublin Racing Festival. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Some wet weather may be forecast but watering will continue at Leopardstown ahead of next week’s Dublin Racing Festival to provide ground the track’s (...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Jack Kennedy celebrate winning the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown with Apple’s Jade in February. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The stellar racing career of Michael O’Leary’s star mare Apple’s Jade appears on the line at Leopardstown on Saturday. The 10-time Grade One winner h(...)

In the real world, many children would probably spend every waking moment on their mobile device if they could. Photograph: iStock/file

All of my 12-year-old daughter’s classmates have a smartphone. Every single one. Over the past month, the final few who weren’t already attached (phys(...)

Dany, who wanted the throne too much, and Jon, who wanted it not at all

Perhaps a show can become too big for its own good. That doesn’t just mean that the mother of all water-cooler conversations must eventually collapse (...)

Fans watch HBO’s Game of Thrones series finale at a viewing party at Brennan’s bar in Marina del Rey, California. Photograph:  Robyn Beck / AFP

Niall Hanratty The series wrapped up with how certain aspects would end. Jon killing Dany. Check. A new King. Check. Tyrion surviving. Check. How(...)

Tyrion will end up as king Evan McGuigan, Dublin This season has been mostly enjoyable so far and I am still intrigued to see where it all goes, but (...)

Cersei It would be a miracle if she was still there come the end

Here’s a rundown of the contenders (of course we all agree Stannis would have made the best king – but, no, the show had to go and kill him off) (...)

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