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‘Derry Girls offers a telling depiction of a southerner in the North.’ Photograph: Channel 4

Speaking in the Free State Seanad in 1924, at a time when the Boundary Commission was considering changes to the Border, the poet WB Yeats predicted h(...)

 Sean Lowry and Mick Lowry lift the Sam Maguire for Offaly after they avenged the 1981  final defeat a year later to dash Kerry’s dream of five-in-a-row of All-Ireland triumphs. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

TG4’s new series, All-Ireland Gold moved on to its second instalment at the weekend. Clearly indebted to BBC’s Rock and Roll Years and RTÉ’s immense(...)

A dejected Seán Cavanagh after the 2017 semi-final against Dublin in Croke Park. File photograph: Inpho

Three-time All-Ireland winner Seán Cavanagh doesn’t deserve to be “crucified” for referring to the North as “up here in the UK”, according to the man (...)

What exercised most of the callers to Liveline last Thursday was, of course, the filthy fornication that has featured so prominently in Normal People,(...)

It doesn’t really matter just now what Brolly is ranting about: just that he is. There is comfort in that. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

It truly is a dark and fallen world when you find yourself fondly remembering Joe Brolly’s parka jacket. Remember that? Perhaps not. It already seems (...)

Bohemians’ Keith Ward amused by the conditions during Saturday’s Airtricity  League Premier Division match against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

When King Mongkut of Siam hired Jodie Foster to be his children’s teacher, you wonder did he tell her in advance that he had 82 of them in all, with j(...)

GAA pundit Joe Brolly with Cork’s Alan Cadogan, Wexford’s Rory O’Connor, Dublin’s Paul Mannion and Kerry’s Paul Geaney, at the launch of Eir Sport’s 2020  Allianz Leagues coverage. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

“Say it ain’t so, Joe.” – Chicago youngster to Shoeless Joe Jackson. “If you’re the only one out there with a pitchfork, you’re in danger of becomin(...)

Rory O’Connor of Wexford, Alan Cadogan of Cork, Eir sport analyst Joe Brolly, Paul Geaney of Kerry and Paul Mannion of Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Joe Brolly’s greeting is that of a man looking to equalise before the other team scores. “As my father said one time, I won’t be apologising to the li(...)

The centre of Blanchardstown village. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

What’s so good about it? Almost 50 years ago, Blanchardstown was a tiny village with a gently busy main street, surrounded mainly by greenery and for(...)

Michael Lyster presenting The Sunday Game in 1990. The broadcaster spent 35 years fronting the live programme.

When it comes to sports documentaries of recent times, Loosehorse has proved to be something of a thoroughbred, producing ‘Jayo’, ‘Blues Sisters’, ‘Mi(...)

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