Horses cool down after the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at  Leopardstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

12.20 – The Hope-Springs- Eternal Handicap Hurdle. On the Luas from Stephen’s Green a group of veteran racegoers from Munster remember Leopardstown wi(...)

Anglo’s former headquarters: special liquidators have completed 70 loan portfolio sales in Ireland, the UK and the US, repaying €13 billion to the State. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The special liquidators of Anglo Irish Bank now only have loans with a face value of less than €500 million remaining to be sold in what has been the(...)

‘The best use of clichés is thoughtful and sparing; they may provide a small and comfortable foundation from which we can take our readers or listeners on an interesting journey.’

Clichés represent a paradox: they are used by all speakers, and are familiar to everyone, yet they are never evaluated appreciatively or even neutrall(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Thomas Forrest Kelly: ‘Like writing, which in a way is a recording of sound, musical notation is a means of making marks today to allow one, tomorrow, to reproduce what cannot be seen and really can exist only in the moment.’

Capturing Music: The story of Notation, originated in a challenge from my wife, Peggy. She pointed out that I had written books for general audiences (...)

“We are sending a shipment of knitwear to New York, to London, to Miami, to Boston – we are flat out,” says Lainey Keogh from her studio in Wicklow(...)

The unfinished building on North Wall Quay that was to be the headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: David Sleator

The value of subordinated junior bonds in Anglo Irish Bank with a face value of €280 million have at least trebled over recent months as international(...)

‘They are uplifted by some signs of hope among US bishops –  for instance the Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley (above), in a recent television interview, stating that the Vatican investigation of the US women religious was a “disaster”.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

I have recently returned from an 18-city speaking tour in the US, organised by the network of Church Reform movements. They impressed me. Their commit(...)

Demonstrators march through Washington following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner. Photograph: Reuters

The sign over the Department of Justice in Washington reads: “The place of justice is a hallowed place.” For protesters circling the building, the Ame(...)

Police arrest a protester on  the West Side Highway in New York on December 4th, 2014.Photograph: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Protests flared in the US for a second night on Thursday following the decision by a New York grand jury not to indict a white police officer for the (...)