Dancing with the Stars: Fr Ray Kelly and Kylee Vincent in rehearsals before the show. Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times

Dancing wih the Stars has been a ratings juggernaut for RTE since it first aired four years ago. But what's it like to put an episode together(...)

Fr Ray Kelly with pro dancer Kylee Vincent.  Photo Credit: Kyran O’Brien Photography

Sweaty palms, racing pulses, melting heats. Either it’s the first meeting of a new Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition or we’ve reached Valentine’s Week o(...)

Glenda Gilson and Robert Rowinski during the live show of Dancing with the stars. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

There are miracles, and then there is Fr Ray Kelly’s ongoing participation in Dancing with the Stars. He somehow survives again this week despite a pu(...)

Marian Finucane: ‘Finucane also adopts an air of bemused wonderment at the ordinary and obvious’

Considering it’s a day of rest, mid-morning Sunday is a remarkably busy time on Irish radio. While the rest of the country is emerging from slumber or(...)

St James Church in Dingle, venue for many sublime Other Voices gigs

What started off solely as a Dingle-based music event celebrating the emergence of left-of-centre Irish songwriters has, some 18 years later, morphed (...)

John Horan: said it was pretty clear where the GAA would stand if a Border poll was to be held. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Just over 60 years ago, at a Croke Park event to mark the anointing of a new Hogan Stand, the then president of the GAA, Dr Joseph Stuart, made a spee(...)

A vote for a young maths teacher Eamon De Valera

“Five seconds, four, three, two, one.” We’re on the deck, the control room for the TV studio below, with a wall of screens showing camera views: a pan(...)

Sober and sensible: Philip Boucher-Hayes

Children’s attraction and attachment to their smartphones is once again a topic of parental panic across the airwaves this week. With the announcement(...)

Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society, Stuart Gilhooly, president of the Law Society, and Irish Times journalists Conor Gallagher and David Labanyi at the Justice Media Awards. Photograph: Lensmen

Irish Times journalist David Labanyi has been recognised for exposing inaccurate Garda breath test figures, at the Law Society of Ireland Justice Medi(...)

An Irish Times panel discussion on arts at the Irish Times tent at Electric Picnic. Pictured from left, Patrick Freyne, Louise Bruton, Lawrence Mackin, Una Mullaly and Peter Crawley.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Last week Off Topic got out of the studio and went on the road to Electric Picnic. The Irish Times tent in the Mindfield spoken word area played hos(...)

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