Monty Python

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One reader went to great effort to acquire the public services card to renew his truck driving licence, only to discover   truck licence renewals are not permitted online. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Last week we carried an item from a reader who wished to highlight the fact that if he wished to renew his driving licence using the new-fangled inter(...)

Mick McCarthy: Why isn’t he appreciated more in Ireland? Is it the gruff Yorkshire accent and  ways– or is it the lasting  legacy of his famous Saipan rift with Roy Keane. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

It’s a hobbyhorse of mine that the sole reason Mick McCarthy hasn’t been clasped more firmly to Ireland’s sporting bosom is his accent. On Saturday t(...)

Michael Murphy scores a penalty for Donegal against Kerry. The Croke Park round may be on borrowed time as a result of accumulated unease over Dublin’s advantage in playing there twice and the pressing matter of dwindling box-office appeal and crucially, the mausoleum atmosphere that follows. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conor McManus summarised the situation well. Contributing to the Sunday Game at the weekend the Monaghan footballer – from the unwanted and unwonted(...)

‘Life does not begin at 60; by definition it has been going on for an inordinately long time already.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I have a friend who is a fellow teacher at my school. She and I spend our days doing much the same thing — trying to get teenagers excited about the s(...)

‘I’m the guy who will lecture that – to paraphrase Monty Python – every vote is sacred.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

I’ve given very little thought to the local elections. I’ve a lot on, plus there’s all the attention I’ve given to the Brexit thing. (It’s merely a Th(...)

The old country: performers during a scene showing a pre-industrial rural England as part of  the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

In his very funny and very sad novel about the years leading up to Brexit, entitled Middle England, Jonathan Coe captures a moment that now seems stra(...)

A pro-Brexit yellow vest protester demonstrating outside Downing Street in London. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Theresa May will be back. With her withdrawal agreement. Again. Her “back me and sack me” pledge was widely described as f(...)

 Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge: Dozens of presenters on commercial local radio stations  are to lose their jobs, with hundreds more at risk. Photograph: Andy Seymour/BBC/PA

Like most British television comedy, This Time with Alan Partridge is anything but funny, it is a weary half-hour of obvious, laboured and inevit(...)

John Cleese on the main stage at the Pendulum Summit at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Yes, John Cleese is as tall as we think, and he still has that gait as he strides on stage to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. He obliges with (...)

“Johnny Murtagh astounded me by admitting that he had never broken anything while racing.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that, at the Horse Racing Ireland awards on Tuesday night, you could not have swung a cat without hitting some(...)

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