The Dublin City Rounders country and western duo playing on Wicklow Street, Dublin, this weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Country music comes to sunburnt Dublin with Stetson and City music trail

Why the impulse to ignorantly dismiss, rather than explore, the phenomenon that is Garth Brooks? Photograph: AP

Opinion: The people who like popular entertainment pay their taxes too

Ericka Zagorski and Jane Davis from the US enjoy a day on the Ring of Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The Trip: ‘Bring on the leprechauns,’ says one of our group of North Americans mischievously as I join them for a tour of Cork and(...)

Áth Cliath or Gach Áit Eile? Do our views on what is right and natural change from the perspective of where we live? Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Maybe we should just start listening to each other in this tiny country’

Joan Burton of Labour at the Ansbacher debate in 2002. Photograph: Frank Miller

With a mother who believed ferociously in her, Burton was not afraid to try anything

‘In a single week recently, both the Bank England’s Mark Carney and the IMF’s Christine Lagarde warned that capitalism is eating itself, devouring the social capital essential for its own survival and fuelling inequality.’  Above, IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde with  the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto  and Mexican central bank chief Agustin Carstens, during a financial forum  in Mexico, in which she warned  about the high inequality level that prevails worldwide. Photograph: Mario Guzman/EPA

Opinion: ‘When the Taoiseach told EU leaders a few weeks ago that Irish families are “worn out”, he wasn’t just talking about wate(...)

‘Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan’s plan to further restrict car traffic on the north quays to one lane is not surprising. He declared war 11 years ago, as the city’s director of traffic: “We have given up trying to cater for the private car and if people haven’t worked that out yet, then there’s a serious problem with IQ.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Opinion: ‘Why would any sane adult “choose” to drive a car into the city unless there were pressing practical or health reasons (...)

‘In 1935, while the Tuam babies were being swept away by catastrophic measles and whooping cough epidemics and the types of debility that continue to kill the poor and the marginalised, a criminal court judge was pondering “the awful plague of infanticide . . . over-running the country at the present time”. ’ Above, the memorial on the site of   the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Opinion: ‘Is it possible to ask for reflection without risking condemnation as a fellow-traveller?’

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