Alondra de la Parra will conduct at the celebratory Mexican-Irish concert in the National Concert Hall.

A joint history of being on the receiving end of colonial oppression has given the Mexicans and Irish a special empathy

  AP McCoy: “I read McCoy’s autobiography a few years ago, in which he spoke with brutal honesty about the price those around him paid for his drive to win. He is a very intense man, clearly. So I wouldn’t associate the Gaelicised ‘craic’ with him that much. But as for the word’s other spelling, it could be his middle name.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

You see craic these days even in the ‘Spectator’ magazine, that bastion of British conservatism

Keith Wood pictured with his wife Nicola at the annual Ireland Funds’ rugby lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former international player was the star of the show at the Ireland Funds’ annual rugby lunch

A cartoon from the ‘Lepracaun’. Illustration courtesy of Dublin City Public Libraries

The cartoonist wing of the nationalist movement

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