James (Jim) Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin chairman and president. Photograph: Simon Carswell

James Cullen first became interested in Northern Ireland and the Troubles when he visited in 1969 during a leave of absence from the US army while (...)

Don Keough was among the first recipients of an Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award honouring members of the Irish diaspora

Irish-American businessman Don Keough, a champion of Ireland who promoted Irish studies in the US and encouraged American corporate investment into Ir(...)

Julianne Moore, who is tipped to win best actress for her performance as a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, said the experience of Richard Glatzer and his co-director and husband Wash Westmoreland “parallel” the film’s story. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Oscar nominee Julianne Moore says her heart-wrenching performance in Still Alice, is based on real dementia sufferers and inspired by the struggles of(...)

An illustration picture shows a one euro coin in water, which reflects the Greek flag, in Schwerin, Germany. Photograph: Jens Buettner/EPA

The euro wallowed near a nine-year trough on Tuesday, keeping up a wobbly start to 2015 as the prospect of more policy easing from the European Centra(...)

“I’ve always seen rappers as liberators.” Killer Mike (right) with collaborator MC El-P.

If you are looking for a hip-hop act to step up and take a good, hard look at American society, it looks increasingly as if Killer Mike is your man. O(...)

Frank McGuinness in Pearse Street Library, Dublin last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

If you were to put a gun to my head and demand I tell you what I believe to be the loveliest aria in all opera, I think I would surprise you. You coul(...)

 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning  is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record with 509 career touchdowns. Photograph:  t Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Peyton Manning paid tribute to team-mates past and present after breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most career touchdown passes.Denver Broncos qu(...)

Martin Furlong: kept goals in an era when the goalkeeper was not as well protected as he is today. Photograph: Billy Stickland/inpho

When Martin Furlong took the call that changed the direction of his life, he didn’t even have a phone. “I had to go across the field to my neighbours(...)

Owens & Minor is to buy ArcRoyal, a surgical kit maker  in Kells, Co Meath

Owens & Minor, a $2 billion New York Stock Exchange-listed medical supplies company, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire(...)

 San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (left) can’t avoid  Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Photograph: Paul Buck

Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver B(...)