Mrs Doyle

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Mark Grantham: writer and co-creator of the radio drama The Kennedys of Castleross

Before the Kennedys of Massachusetts became a big thing in these parts, Ireland was in thrall to the doings of another family of that surname, the Ken(...)

Actor Pauline McLynn, who played Mrs Doyle in the show, at the launch of An Post stamps celebrating 25 years of Father Ted, at the GPO in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New stamps to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the TV sitcom Father Ted have been unveiled in Dublin on Thursday. The four stamps feature one-l(...)

The Small Things: Pauline McLynn and Peter Gowan   face off on a pair of small separate stages

The Small Things ★★ Old Cork Waterworks, Cork There’s a moment in Corcadorca’s production of The Small Things when everything comes together. Pauline(...)

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan competing in Serbia. The big target is next year at the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

The catch. That is the blade entry into the water. Father Ted wins a £200 bet. Himself, Dougal and Mrs Doyle depart Craggy Island for the mainland t(...)

The seasoned GAA pundit Marty Morrissey and the comedian Bernard O’Shea just can’t get enough of each other

The seasoned GAA pundit, Marty Morrissey, and the comedian Bernard O’Shea just can’t get enough of each other. They bonded as two of the darker horse(...)

Comedy show Father Ted ran between 1995 and 1998.

Hundreds of Father Ted fans are expected to flock to “Craggy Island”, normally known as Inis Mór, for Tedfest celebrations ahead of the 20th anniversa(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

Forage for supper: Bring your mother to a wildfood masterclass at Brook Lodge in Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Don’t panic, it’s not this weekend: you still have a week to sort your Mother’s Day present. However, if you were born to that impossible-to-spoil (...)

 Actor Stephen Brennan and relatives carry the coffin of his mother Daphne Brennan  at her  funeral  at Terenure College Chapel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former actor Daphne Brennan was described at her funeral as an “extraordinary Dubliner” who was also a great role model. Ms Brennan, née Carroll, died(...)

People at work at the Sorwathe Tea Plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Photograph: Conor Pope

The blame for Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crash can be traced back to tea. Were it not for our enduring love of the stuff, a love stretching back m(...)

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