Mathew Nugent (left) from Cabra, Dublin, and Martin Currey from Perth, Western Australia, viewing gold necklace beads at the National Museum, Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

As regular readers of this column will know, Irish Times photographers have made an art of the wordless smile; and the maestro of sheer mischief is Pa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Indicated “contempt” for such people following the Anglo Irish Bank tapes revelations. Photograph: EPA

Once upon a time, today’s news was tomorrow’s fish-wrap. But, no more. Almost three years after “‘Conned: A German View of Ireland’” made its first ap(...)

Graphic images on TV tend to worry young children the most. As a parent, it is important that you protect your children from the impact of these bad news stories. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q We have three children aged four, six and eight, and we are worried about the impact of all the bad news on TV on them, particularly the eldest. Wi(...)

Gate opening: Rosaleen Linehan and Jacinta Whyte in Mary Makebelieve which was playing at the Gate. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

It has been called an Irish Cinderella story, but there’s a bit more to James Stephens’s whimsical novel The Charwoman’s Daughter than that. For one (...)

Rail worker Thomas McGlue with his shovel fixing the tram line, with two crew members. Photograph: Jack McManus / The Irish Times

Talk about giving your mates a dig-out. There they are, hanging around in their spanking posh uniforms, but who’s doing all the hard work? As always, (...)

 Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in  central Istanbul. Photograph: Getty

An Irish-Algerian family who were injured in a suicide bombing attack in Istanbul on Saturday that killed four people has returned home to Ireland. (...)

Cream of Jokes: A competition run in The Irish Times in the late 19th century. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cream of Jokes was a weekly competition that ran in The Irish Times in the late 19th century which awarded a cash prize to the writer of the best gag.(...)

Revellers taking part in the St Patrick’s Day parade through central London last Sunday. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The time of year when people around the world grab as much green as possible and celebrate Irishness and being Irish is almost upon us. Here at iri(...)

A Labour supporter keeps an eye on the Dublin Bay North recount. Some would argue that Labour is no longer even a “left” party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Much has been made since the weekend of the so-called seismic shift in Irish politics that took place at this election. “People have voted for a fai(...)

Preparations continue in the red carpet arrivals area for the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

When and where are they on? The 88th Academy Awards take place on Sunday night, February 28th, in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood. It used to be known(...)