Terry Wogan

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The first lecture will be delivered by Bernadette McAliskey, who was a prominent civil rights campaigner and, as Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman elected to Westminster. Photograph:  Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images

A new 10-week course in Belfast will hear nationalist, unionist and other perspectives on the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland. The course a(...)

The  bronze sculpture in Limerick of Freeman of the city, the late Terry Wogan.

Gardaí have been asked to investigate after a €60,000 memorial sculpture of Terry Wogan was discovered “defaced” in Limerick. The bronze statue, whi(...)

When it began, Gay Byrne’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ looked like a hobby for a veteran broadcaster. He made it compelling TV

Does He exist, this divine figure we imagine? If so, how does He allow bad things to happen? And what would you say – following a long and eventful li(...)

 A fan invades the stage during the performance of SuRie (right) for  the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest  final at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao/EPA

A stage invader shouted about “Nazis of the UK media” as he snatched the microphone during the UK’s Eurovision performance. An intruder in a black an(...)

Clodagh Rodgers: spangled hot pants and insured legs just visible as she performs for the UK in 1971 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. Photograph:  Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

In April 1971, when Ireland hosted its first Eurovision Song Contest it was all about Northern Ireland. The song competition was being held in the Gai(...)

“A period of nine months was  allowed to elapse – apparently standard over there, as if to mirror the gestation process that precedes life’s other extreme – before they held a public memorial service”

Browsing Twitter a while ago, I read an announcement from an English magazine editor about a colleague who had “sadly died”. I was, as we say in these(...)

The new Terry Wogan sculpture, in Limerick: What do you do when there’s no ideology to be expressed, no larger national or imperial narrative to be given a sculptural form? Photograph: Alan Place

 I haven’t seen it in reality, but from photographic and video evidence, Rory Breslin’s new statue of Terry Wogan in Limerick seems to deserve mu(...)

 The newly unveiled Terry Wogan statue on Harvey’s Quay in Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place

When it comes to public sculpture, it may well be the case that critical disdain does not necessarily lead to public disdain. Indeed, the opposite may(...)

Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy – who turned 44 last weekend – remains far and away the highest-paid RTÉ broadcaster, with Joe Duffy the only other broadcaster to receive over €400,000

RTÉ’s highest-paid star, Ryan Tubridy, received payments totalling €485,350 from his media firm last year. New accounts lodged by Mr Tubridy’s Tuttle(...)

Margarine brands, once marketed as the healthy alternative, have not only lost the upper hand to “natural”, “authentic” butter, they have been forced to reformulate their products. File photograph: Getty Images

The word has spread on margarine. Unilever, owner of brands such as Flora and Stork, is sliding away from this “declining segment”. As part of its “ac(...)

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