The Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s new luxury train.  This year the deficit at Iarnród Éireann will be about €11 million, according to a rail review. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s always been a certain romance to rail travel. In the days before jet airlines allowed us to whizz around the world for the price of a decent j(...)

Jess Kidd: The author “has a lovely, unforced style, but perhaps she still needs to find the right genre to showcase her talents”.

Poisoned scones, letter bombs, a hero who sees dead people and a 1970s Irish village desperate to maintain its pious facade: the ingredients for myst(...)

 Agatha Christie has been portrayed on screen by Vanessa Redgrave, Anna Massey, Peggy Ashcroft and Olivia Williams.  Like Miss Marple in Nemesis, Christie toured the Great Gardens of Ireland in the 1950s.  Photograph: Hulton Archive/ Getty Images

Although her name is shorthand for “murder mystery” and she is the most translated and biggest-selling writer in history, Agatha Christie shunned pub(...)

Although at first glance an Agatha Christie murder mystery may seem complicated, her last-chapter explanation always shows the underlying answer to be straightforward. When one simple fact is grasped, all the other pieces of the puzzle click neatly into place. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

How did Agatha Christie, an otherwise unremarkable woman, with no formal education, and no family background in writing produce the biggest-selling bo(...)

James McClean  hits the crossbar during the World Cup Group D qualifier against  Georgia at Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

It was a couple of years back that the long retired netbuster Mick Quinn, while chatting on TalkSPORT, posed one of the great footballing questions, i(...)

Glenn Close: ‘I think that [men versus women] pent-up anger hadn’t been expressed, and ‘Fatal Attraction’ was like drilling down to that layer of anger between the sexes, and it just blew up.’ Photograph: Getty

Glenn Close is delighted to hear that I’m calling from Dublin. “Oh, say ‘hi’ to John Banville for me!” she says and, I’m not sure if she’s joking, so(...)

The Circuit: Gabe (Adeel Akhtar) and Nat (Eva Birthistle) have inexplicably left their “wonderful old life” and relocated to a place where their neighbours are “highly strung and psychopathic”

‘Channel 4 invites you to the worst dinner party that’s ever happened in the world anywhere.” That’s the pitch for The Circuit (Thursday), a comedy p(...)

One of Us poses dark questions about morality, family and the lies people tell

The Elliott and Douglas families are left reeling when they discover they have both lost a child in One of US (BBC One, Tuesdays, 9pm). Childhood swe(...)

The cast of And Then There Were None, in which an excellent Aidan Turner gets all the best lines

It will not come as a great shock to discover that veteran Eastenders writer Tony Jordan is the man behind BBC’s ambitious Dickensian (BBC One), a spr(...)

Derek O’Connor riding Gurteen to victory at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

As the lads alighted Barney’s bone-shaker at the gates to Leopardstown on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick did his customary head count and identified a post(...)

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