Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien

The Northern atrocity no one can quite recall

The Northern atrocity no one can quite recall

Reviewed This Week Massacre At Ballymurphy: Channel 4 Bodyguard: BBC One Stop a hundred random pe...

Pulses fail to race on a street of dreams

Pulses fail to race on a street of dreams

Reviewed This Week Our Lives In Property: Oxmantown Road: RTÉ One Press: BBC One Our Lives In Pr...

Profile of Gareth Southgate: England, his England

Profile of Gareth Southgate: England, his England

England’s 2-1 defeat by Croatia was no huge surprise to those familiar with the respective strengths of the two teams, but it did nothing to dent Southgate’s overnight status as a strong, silent tactical genius

The last World Cup?

The last World Cup?

Many people took exception to Fifa’s decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, but the huge country has responded by staging a well-organised, trouble-free festival of thrilling football. And with Qatar and 48 teams looming on the horizon, it might be the last good one we get to see for a long time, writes Jonathan O’Brien

Profile Joachim ‘Jogi’ Löw : Löw, actually

Profile Joachim ‘Jogi’ Löw : Löw, actually

Joachim Löw is the great survivor of international football

TV: A serene splashdown in the depths of the big blue

TV: A serene splashdown in the depths of the big blue

Ireland’s Deep Atlantic (RTÉ 2) was a balm for tired eyes, an appealing vista of some of the most graceful creatures on the planet joyfully surging like huge grey torpedoes through oceans of the purest blue

Television: Two weeks that saw the North stare into the abyss

Television: Two weeks that saw the North stare into the abyss

When Michael Stone strafed Milltown Cemetery it seemed like the North was slipping into an even blacker darkness

TV: A journey to the dark heart of Naples

TV: A journey to the dark heart of Naples

There is surely nothing darker on television right now than Gomorra (Sky Atlantic). Many crime dramas strive desperately to achieve this level of bleakness; almost all of them fail miserably

A craftsman captures the smallness of American life

A craftsman captures the smallness of American life

Russo's collection of three short stories and novella, while not always wrapping themselves up in satisfying conclusions, are still a pleasure to read.

Putin as monster? Maybe, but not such a big one so far

Putin as monster? Maybe, but not such a big one so far

Current Affairs: The Future Is History, By Masha Gessen, Granta, €20

TV: Getting a glimpse of blue heaven

TV: Getting a glimpse of blue heaven

Slightly soft-focus and uncritical Blues Sisters may have been, but it was also uplifting and well-made, with its share of ingenious and memorable shots

Television Review: When two into one won’t go for TV3

Television Review: When two into one won’t go for TV3

The current Tonight Show set-up is like having two coaches managing a football team

TV: Mixed results for Spittle as she brings it all back home

TV: Mixed results for Spittle as she brings it all back home

Nowhere Fast feels solid, but not spectacular; capable, but not coruscating

Graeme Souness settles a few old scores

Graeme Souness settles a few old scores

Now a regular on Sky Sports, Souness has mellowed from the days when he committed acts of wanton insanity as part of his weekly routine

An entertaining run through the long and the short of Gooch’s journey

An entertaining run through the long and the short of Gooch’s journey

AutoBiography: Gooch: The Autobiography, By Colm Cooper, Transworld Ireland, €23