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 Lesley Roy from Ireland performs Maps during the first semi-final of last year’s Eurovision, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Photograph: Sander Koning/Pool/EPA

The triumph of hope over experience which is Ireland’s annual entry into the Eurovision will continue in front of a live TV audience on Friday night. (...)

Erica-Cody and pro dancer Denys Samson perform on Dancing With The Stars. Photograph: RTÉ

One of the pleasures of Dancing with the Stars (RTÉ One, 6.30pm) is watching the celebrities becoming progressively more accomplished as the weeks cli(...)

Last season’s Strictly created history with the first official same-sex pairing. But RTÉ says it won’t be following suite on Dancing With The Stars. Photograph: Barry McCall

A lot has happened in the past two years, but when Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) returned last week after a 24 month absence, it was refreshingly unch(...)

 Cian Prendergast of Connacht is tackled by Niall Scannell of Munster during the United Rugby Championship match between Connacht and Munster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The New Year’s Day rugby fixture between Connacht and Munster was the most-watched programme on TG4 over the festive period. Rugbaí Beo was watched b(...)

Jockey Nina Carberry and Pasquale La Rocca during the Dancing With The Stars live show. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

It’s two years since Dancing with the Stars (RTÉ One, 6.30pm) staged a hasty retreat from the schedules as the Covid crisis went from bad dream to liv(...)

More than three years since Westlife’s last concert, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan are returning for a new world tour. Photograph: Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns via Getty Images

Westlife has announced the band will return to touring next year with the first date planned for the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on July 8th, 2022. The I(...)

The noughties were the golden age of free speech, when Simon Cowell wouldn’t desist from crushing the dreams of someone whose resting face could already be described as “in great pain”. Photo: RTÉ

In the noughties, we all became connoisseurs of pathos thanks to reality television singing competitions. It was a very specific cultural moment. Real(...)

Will John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, turn Virgin’s The Big Deal into a ‘Jepic’ show? Photograph: Virgin Media Television

What, apart from the money, is the difference between Last Singer Standing (a Saturday night karaoke-themed game show in which singers compete for a €(...)

Charlie Cox and Ciarán Hinds in new crime drama series Kin. Photograph: RTÉ

Drama and entertainment took centre stage as RTÉ held its autumn season launch event virtually for a second straight year, with director-general Dee F(...)

An artist’s impression of the plan for part of the proposed development at Auburn House, Malahide.

Plans to build more than 400 homes in the grounds of aviation tycoon Ulick McEvaddy’s former mansion in north Dublin have been refused planning permis(...)

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