Sunday 28 May 2017

Bottle and ambition: RTÉ's Evanne Ni Chulainn. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Life lessons with Evanne Ní Chuilinn: My female colleagues and I have ambition and bottle and we're good at what we do 

Evanne Ní Chuilinn has worked as an RTÉ sports broadcaster for 12 years, having started off as a researcher in TG4. The Kilkenny native was among those who reported on the Olympics for the national broadcaster and is currently in Rio working on the station's coverage of the Paralympics, which concludes tomorrow. The proud Gaelgeoir lives in Dublin with her husband Brian and...

Sixth roll of the dice: Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has been nominated five times before this year's nod - four times with the band and once as a solo artist

Radiohead and the Mercury Prize jinx 

There was little surprise when Radiohead's latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, was named among the dozen nominees for the Hyundai Mercury Prize last month. It would have been a travesty had it not made the shortlist and, in fairness to the judges this year, they've ensured several wonderful albums are in the mix, including David Bowie's Blackstar - released two days before his untimely death in January - and Hopelessness from Anohni, the artist former known as Antony Hegarty.

Croker debut: The Boss returns to Dublin after a four-year gap.

Stadium shows: the toughest gigs of all 

For Bruce Springsteen's many ardent Irish fans, the countdown to Friday's opening show at Croke Park has truly begun. He bypassed Dublin in favour of Limerick, Cork and Kilkenny in 2013, the last time he played Ireland - which was, indeed, very democratic of him - but there's something truly special about a Springsteen show in Dublin during the summer. And many of us have great memories of several magical nights in the RDS in the 1990s and 2000s, including that wonderful show as part of the Wrecking Ball tour in July 2012.

Food writer Domini Kemp. Photo: Aidan Crawley

Is Ireland putting too much faith into 'clean-eating' gurus? 

Domini Kemp wants to make something very clear. The cookbook that the restaurateur and food writer has just co-authored with nutritionist Patricia Daly is designed to help those suffering from cancer, or in remission, to make sensible food choices and support conventional treatment. The Ketogenic Kitchen is not, she stresses, an alternative to the standard cancer therapies - the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments espoused by oncologists today.

Unsavoury lyrics: Chris Brown has tried to rebuild his reputation since assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

Music: Dear Chris Brown, we have a problem 

Chris Brown's Twitter profile photo is a sensitive black and white portrait which captures him holding his infant daughter, Royalty, against his bare chest. It, too, is the cover of his latest album - also called Royalty - which was released late last year. The striking image is like an updated version of a famous Athena poster that graced the walls of a million teenage girls' bedrooms in the 1980s and might as well be captioned 'sensitive, new-age man'.