Patrick Freyne

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 Irish Eurovision entrant Brendan Murray performing at the Eurovision semi-final. Photograph: Andres Poveda.

Brendan Murray’s balloon has deflated. The Irish man sadly failed to make the final of the 62nd Eurovision song contest with ‘Dying to Try’. Before t(...)

More than 700 gay rights activists marched through central Kiev on June 12th, 2016 amid a massive police presence. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

In 2015, Zoryan Kis walked through the city of Kiev holding his boyfriend’s hand while a friend filmed the reactions of people on the street. He was e(...)

Six-year-old Cindy Wang and friends at the launch  of Cruinniú Na Cásca 2017,  which will take place on Easter Monday in Dublin City Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you can’t find a topic of interest in Monday’s Cruinniú na Cásca roster of talks and events, you might need to check you have a heart or indeed a p(...)

The late British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger, who died aged 90,  on January 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Jacob Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Upon his death earlier this week, John Berger was described by British artist David Shrigley as “the best ever writer on art”. It was not the first o(...)

Irish Times journalists covered a wide range of subjects and topics in what was a very busy year in news.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

1. Fintan O’Toole had two pieces written depending on the outcome of the US election. He was ready to publish one within milliseconds of the official (...)

US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan. Patrick Freyne takes us through the unthinkable as it happened. Photograph: Reuters

Who is the 45th president of America? Who is this era’s Zachary Taylor or Millard Fillmore or, to bring it up to date, Immortan Joe? Who has won Amer(...)

 Comedian Al Porter  at his home in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

How to be a Man is a series exploring masculinity and the challenges facing men in Ireland today When you were younger, what di(...)

The feminist movement has opened an awful lot of avenues for discussion. Men have to go ‘right lads, we have to have a bit of a chat here as well.’ I think some men feel ‘We’ve nothing to discuss. Everything’s great.’ It’s not. Masculinity is all over the place. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

How to be a Man is a series exploring masculinity and the challenges facing men in Ireland today What did masculinity and manliness look like when (...)

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(...)

 Alison Spittle describes the Set List improv show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the most exhilirating thing she’s ever done. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

What do American comedians like Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert have in common? They’re effortlessly funny, they never seem “on the spot(...)

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