The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. Why? Because the best Irish pubs(...)

Benedict Cumberbatch: with regard to his use of the word ‘coloured’, surely we have to allow that intention matters.  And here he was fairly blameless. Photograph: Danny Moloshok/Files/Reuters

Benedict Cumberbatch issued an apology last week after he used the word “coloured” on US TV when talking about the lack of diversity in British cin(...)

Karri Cormican mixes a cocktail at the Comstock Saloon in San Francisco. Photograph: Matthew Ryan Williams/The New York Times

COSTS Transport to a lively nocturnal location Eight miles arranged through the Uber app costs €9.21 ($10.42). Cinema €10.61 ($12). Th(...)

Miley Cyrus: ‘I had kind of bad skin when I was younger and that was always my insecurity. I would get overwhelmed and try everything. If it had ‘acne’ on it, I’d be like, “Yup, I’m going to put that on my face”.’ Photograph: Michael Bruckner/Wire Image courtesy of Mac. Miley Cyrus is wearing Ashish

A few things are troubling me when I turn up at the LA studio where I am scheduled to interview Miley Cyrus about her collaboration with make-up br(...)

Lactating breasts? We’re not quite ready to embrace those. Photograph: Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images

No one who has ever tried to breastfeed a baby in Ireland will have been surprised by the recent study that found we have the lowest rates in the w(...)

Note to self: your brothers are right about Phil Collins. Photograph: Luciano Viti/Getty Images

A very large truck pulled up outside my front door recently and vomited out the contents of our lives in Ireland. There were lots of things I barel(...)

A photo with victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

My children played a new game at school the other day. It was called Code Red. It was a game, but it wasn’t supposed to be fun. “The teacher pu(...)

This is the year I will turn 40. By now, I was expecting to have it all figured out: how to make a curry from scratch, how to meditate, how to(...)

Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York, which took place in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Last year, I rang in the new year from the balcony of my home, which overlooks (well, if you stood on a chair and craned your neck at an unlikely a(...)

Is Jamie Oliver the king of Christmas?

By now you’ll have the presents all neatly stacked under the tree, wrapped in neatly ironed Fair Trade paper that you ordered last June and had per(...)