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Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers in a pre-recorded group dance. Photograph: BBC

The time has come for a familiar annual theatre, replete with bizarre betting, dubious expressions, unsparing critics and elaborate choreography. But(...)

‘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(...)

Former Irish swimming coach George Gibney, the subject of a new BBC Sounds podcast. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

We’re still only in the second week of Where Is George Gibney?, the heartstopping new serial podcast produced by Mark Horgan and Ciaran Cassidy for BB(...)

Sil Fox at home: ‘I just want to get back to telling a gag and making people happy.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Sil Fox hasn’t really been himself since the day in early 2019 When he got a phone call asking him to come down to a Garda station There’s no gu(...)

Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and Waterford Crystal celebrate winning the gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

On the morning of the individual showjumping competition at the 2012 Olympics, Cian O’Connor got out of bed at six o’clock and took his competition wh(...)

Dry Lent: amazingly, my furrowed brow and disapproving look when my wife pours a glass of wine in the evening have not resulted in her joining my fast. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Dry January is for chumps. The first month of the year is far too depressing to give up anything. There is nowhere to go, and the evenings feel so lon(...)

Soupy Norman

Gone be with the days of swapping Scrap Saturday tapes in the playground. Or struggling with the VCR to record the last episode of Father Ted. Or meet(...)

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(...)

Tara Lynne O'Neill: 'I became an actor because I wanted to work with people. I found another family outside of my family'

When Tara Lynne O’Neill first auditioned for Derry Girls, she didn’t get the part because she looked too young. The gas thing is, her character – Ma M(...)

Philip King: ‘We’ve arrived at a place where Irish music is being accepted’
Philip King: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book One is a music book: It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track by Ian Penman, one of the first music writers. The title itself is all(...)

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