Rachel Ries: in her early 20s, she ripped herself away from the ‘very, very conservative’ Mennonite community she grew up in and moved to New York

She loves Clonakilty black pudding, makes her own homemade jam to sell at concerts and, for people who helped to fund her album, hand-stitches (...)

A 2005 file photograph of Roy Harper performs at “The MOJO Honours List Launch Party” at HMV Oxford Street in London. Photograph: Jo Hale/Getty Images.

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper is facing charges in relation to a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.The singer-son(...)

Egyptian colleagues grieve and pray beside the hearse containing the body of Tit Bonhomme crew member Attia Shaban at the pier at Union Hall in west Cork after his body was recovered on January 19th, 2012. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Fishing skippers will be able to apply for grant-aid for safety equipment as one of a series of Government measures announced today aimed at reducing (...)

The first wave of runners starts the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monay. Photograph: Dominick/ Reuters

An Irish participant in Monday’s Boston Marathon said he would have been directly in the blast zone if it weren’t for encouragement from a fell(...)