A picture provided by Twitter user @jeromegarot shows a wildfire raging through the town of Fort McMurray, Canada. Photograph: Jerome Garot/EPA/Twitter.com

(...) be Canada’s costliest natural disaster. “So far, I’d have to say people have been amazing,” Ms(...)

A mural of Bobby Sands on the  Sinn Féin headquarters  in west Belfast: the political imperative for poetry  was for Sands the key criterion against which all contemporary verse was to be held accountable. Contemporary poets who didn’t deal explicitly with the political situation were, for Sands, disqualified from the title of “poet”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

(...) of history, not the poetic form. Its object is so clear, its sweep of history so broad, that a reader(...)

Patrick Pearse (right) with his brother, Willie, in the gardens at St Enda’s. Photograph: Pearse Museum/OPW

The relationship between our national identity and the natural world is tricky and complex. On the(...)

Maeve Brennan: Anne Enright last night delivered her first US lecture as Laureate for Irish Fiction, An Irish Woman Abroad: Maeve Brennan Goes Mad In New York

(...) always been interested in what drives a writer mad. It was natural for me to think about Brennan while I(...)

An electron microscope image of a zircon crystal

(...) where they came from. The Trinity team and colleagues from the Swedish Museum of Natural History in(...)

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil  have looked at the workings of  minority governments in countries such as Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Scotland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

(...) smallest minority government in modern political history. The Liberal Party holds only 34 of the 179 seats(...)

Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Olympic history. Fionnuala McCormack, qualified in the women’s marathon for what will be her third(...)

 Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher  reads the 1916 Proclamation at the ceremony in Washington

(...) the rotunda of the US National Museum, now the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, to a statue for(...)

For all the puerile trash-talking and braggadocio, both men now find themselves in remarkably similar, awkward situations.

Dubliner. Ted Cruz is not a natural born citizen and his wife is uglier than Melania Trump. Distasteful(...)

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(...), a late Enlightenment German philosopher who heavily influenced some of history’s greatest thinkers(...)