Michelle Smith

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Paul Howard and his creation, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“It was a means of getting under their skin,” remembers Paul Howard of his decision to invent an insufferably privileged, monstrously egotistical lion(...)

Sportswomen of Month winners Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics) and Kate O’Connor (Athletics). Photographs: Sportsfile/Getty Images

When the judges began their chatting about the destination of our Sportswoman of the Month for July award, there was a sizeable sense of déjà vu about(...)

Mona McSharry: ended her year in some style at the Irish Short-Course Championships. Photograph: Andrea Staccioli

You might well have thought you’d seen the last of the celebrations of our sportswomen’s 2018 feats but because our 2019 monthly awards begin, somewha(...)

Donald Trump at an event  in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

US President Donald Trump has discussed firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as his frustration with the central bank chief intensified follo(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

Apostasy director Daniel Kokotajlo. “The film forced me to look at my own life.” Photograph: Curzon/Artificial Eye

You wait for ages for a movie about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and then two come along at once. The Children’s Act, based on the novel by Ian McEwan and (...)

‘Mr Geldof, Mr Geldof: Was it Mr Bono, in the recording booth with the mic stand?’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Where’s my biopic of Michelle Smith starring Nicole Kidman? Come to think of it, we’re probably due a remake of the original biopic of Michelle Smith (...)

Tom Humphries: the former Irish Times journalist pleaded guilty to two counts of defilement of a child and four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act.  Photograph: Courtpix

Pervert. Sicko child abuser. Journo beast. After Tom Humphries was, in the telling term favoured by the tabloids, “caged” for grooming and sexually ab(...)

Jimmy Mcgee: he was a walking pre-internet search engine filled with information gleaned from covering 11 Olympic games and 12 World Cups. Photograph: PA Wire

It was like an art critic admiring the brushwork of Rembrandt or a wine connoisseur savouring a fine Bordeaux. Diego Maradona has just pirouetted pas(...)

Thomas Hoban and Leane McDermott, from Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Best artist: After a long and bloody argument in the Ticket Tent late on Sunday night, with tempers frayed and blood set to boil, we still couldn’t re(...)

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