She stops laughing and touches her cheek, then stares at her wet fingers like she’s seeing a miracle.

My old dear’s tear duct transplant was a 100 per cent success – that’s according to Dr Karoly Estherazy, the dude who performed the actual op. When I(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris and Irish Cancer Society chief executive Averil Power during the launch of Daffodil Day at the Citywest Hotel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One person dies from cancer every hour in Ireland and 40,000 will be diagnosed with cancer or a related tumour this year, the launch of the annual Daf(...)

Marian Finucane: Her Radio 1 Sunday show has grown its audience by 38,000 over the past year and now has 346,000 listeners.

Marian Finucane and RTÉ Radio 1’s weekend sports coverage were the main winners in the latest radio ratings, according to the Joint National Listeners(...)

Barry McElduff: Mary Lou McDonald spent a few days insisting his suspension was “a proportionate response” for a “stupid” stunt.

If the Barry McElduff controversy was a test for Sinn Féin, the party failed it, then passed at the repeats. McElduff submitted his resignation as an(...)

Mr Blobby, the new shape of 2018. Photograph: Wikimedia

Let’s get Blobby If anyone deserves a 2018 comeback it’s the giant marshmallow of mayhem Mr Blobby. Having disappeared from our teatime telly screens(...)

Ah the lads, tis yourselves. Taosieach Bertie Ahern leads his troops to lunch at a Fianna Fáil Nice treaty meeting in 2002. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Here’s what’s going to happen in 2018. Apologies if some of these predictions are a bit vague but I spilled egg nog all over my crystal ball/laptop sc(...)

Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan: Fairytale of New York still  retains its emotional heft. Photograph: Patrick Ford / Redferns
Happy 60th birthday, Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan celebrates his 60th birthday today. For many, this is a modest achievement, but for this singular singer-songwriter it is remarkable on(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

 Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheoláin present the RTÉ news bulletin but Dobson is paid significantly more

Mandatory gender pay gap reporting should be introduced for large companies, the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (Ibec)has suggested. In (...)

Leadpic PRime Time

It’s half past six on Tuesday evening and, with three hours to transmission time, the Prime Time production team are finalising their first programme (...)

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