Ethiopian troops escort a convoy of trucks carrying food aid in Baidoa, Somalia, on June 10th, 2014. Despite a broad international military campaign to dislodge the Shabab from its strongholds in Somalia, the group has adapted, evolved and remains deadly. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

They have lost their leader, their ports, their checkpoints and their territory. They have lost thousands of men and much of their money. They do not (...)

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(...)

Jane and Rodney O’Hara’s property in Luxé, Charente in France

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Sardinero Beach in Santander

As two older folk, we would appreciate advice on travel between Dublin and Santander in Spain in April/May. We hope to go for one week. We’d like r(...)

 Miriam Allen, managing director of Galway Film Fleadh. Photograph: Andrew Downes

It hardly seems possible that the Galway Film Fleadh is only now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Conceived as a spin-off from the Galway Arts Festiv(...)