Oliver Callan

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‘I do really, really want to believe in something,’ says Oliver Callen

Early in Divorcing God, Oliver Callan makes an admission that sounds as wistful as a prayer. “I do really, really want to believe in something,” he sa(...)

Central Bank of Ireland building. When IBRC was put into liquidation 2013, the State handed over government bonds to the Central Bank to replace the emergency loans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Being the lender of last resort during the financial crisis has, without doubt, been the Central Bank of Ireland’s most profitable work. Ever. Last (...)

Oliver Callan: ‘The Leaving Cert is no measure of intelligence; it leads to nightmares throughout one’s later life and quashes the aspirations of the young that they might endure an easy life.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Oliver Callan is a satirist, impressionist and columnist. From Co Monaghan, he attended the Patrician High School Carrickmacross and did his Leaving C(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: are Oliver Callan’s barbs getting to him?  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

A clumsy attempt at comedy by Leo Varadkar on Thursday night had guests at a special dinner in Dublin wondering if comedian Oliver Callan’s well-aimed(...)

It’s been left to British politicians and the British media to inform us about Facebook’s involvement in election manipulation. Oliver Callan asks why(...)

Josepha Madigan: “I loved The Killing of a Sacred Deer, even though it terrified me.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Favourite current book I’ve just finished a book of 16 fascinating short stories called The Far Side of Happiness by Gerry Boland, which he gave me w(...)

David Power: world premiere at the National Concert Hall of a new work inspired by his version of a very old Irish tune, ‘Gol na mBán san Ár’

It has long been well known in Ireland that, around this time of year, the wind may shake the barley. There’s even a ballad on the subject to warn us.(...)

Marion Graham greets RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey. Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

“Let me treat you to an ice-cream,” says Marty Morrissey, and we go to Doyle’s Corner, a shop beside Semple Stadium. “You have to have an ice-cream fr(...)

 Mario Rosenstock

For someone who says he’s never presented his own radio show, Mario Rosenstock makes a good first impression as a debutante host. The only problem is (...)

Leo Varadkar on the first day of Luas passenger services on the Green Line extension. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

If the timing had been different, last week’s launch of the shiny Luas Cross City service would have provided a perfect platform for an ambitious youn(...)

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