Tommy Tiernan

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DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland, presented by Baz Ashmawy, was one of the strong performers on RTÉ One in 2020.

RTÉ’s spending on independent productions last year fell €3.7 million short of its €40.2 million statutory target as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic(...)

FeliSpeaks: I love Peng Black Girls, by Enny. She made it to honour and celebrate the dark-skinned black girl

My music taste is broad, but I tend to dig deep into one genre or album for long periods of time. So I could rock with Ella Fitzgerald for a week and (...)

Cathy Jordan and other members of Dervish pictured during a sound check prior to the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in Vicar Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Harry Crosbie’s Vicar Street venue in Dublin recorded operating profits of €739,520 before shutting down during Covid-19 restrictions. According to(...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: has a talent for looking like the most guileless person on the planet. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The slightly rickety premise of Holy F*** (RTÉ One, 9.30pm) is that the Irish swear more than almost any other nation. Is this true? Irish people cert(...)

After making the most showbiz entrance possible by arriving at a gig in an ambulance, the comedian Dermot Whelan decided it was time to slow d(...)

 President Michael D Higgins in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin. There is no doubt that Higgins’s presidency is and has been consequential, substantial and  significant. Photograph: Tony Maxwell

In a way, he seems ageless. The familiar voice with its characteristic intonations, the careful and deliberate bearing, the thousand-watt smile, the g(...)

Sean McKenna and Charles and Andrew Hendy of The  Mary Wallopers in the cottage/barn near Dundalk where they live and run traditional music Youtube gigs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two Mary Wallopers take their laptop for a walk to show me where this interview is taking place. They’re in a newly created room above the barn behind(...)

Andrew and  Deirdre Gill, with their daughter Saoirse (4), who needs home care, and also their two sons Tiernan (6) and Lachlan. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Saoirse Gill was born in a Sydney hospital four years ago, she was “jittery” and her Irish parents, who had lived in Australia for nearly 10 year(...)

“We realise that Holy Week is an expression of the dilemma of the pain and anguish that is part of the human condition and our journey through life. But there is more to it than that.” Photograph: Getty Images

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, the first day of Holy Week. It’s a week of reminders and sorrows, all part of the lead up to the crucif(...)

Michael Fitzpatrick with Grainne and John Duddy, who starred in his play Counting Apples

Michael Fitzpatrick, a playwright and journalist from Lucan, Co Dublin, lives in New York with his wife, Mei, a nurse practitioner at a Manhattan hosp(...)

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