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HOT Happn The dating app pings when you’ve crossed paths with someone. No more expanding into British airspace after exhausting local scope on Tind(...)

Burt Budin: the New Yorker of Russian stock was a producer-director who helped set up  Telefís Éireann

Burton Budin, universally known as Burt, who has died aged 86, was a producer-director who helped set up Ireland’s national TV channel. Telefís Éire(...)

Saoirse Ronan speaks onstage at 2015 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Saoirse Ronan won the award for Best Actress at the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday night. The Irish actress was recognise(...)

James Sweeney and Ellen Baker: ‘The feeling of the city and the whole vibe is so New York but it’s cleaner, friendlier, smaller, cheaper.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ellen Baker and James Sweeney: arrived from New York in May James Sweeney was standing beside the ruins of a 19th-century stone cottage outside the(...)

Emergency services examine a car that crashed into a group of trick-or-treaters in New York. Photograph: AP Photo/David Greene

Three people, including a 10-year-old girl, were killed on Halloween night after a car swerved off a road in the Bronx in New York and ran onto a path(...)

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod on the Family. He announced a new Vatican office for Catholic laity and families. Slow, slow progress, but progress, nonetheless. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA.

Here are some things that did not get much attention from those who covered the recent Synod on the Family. As usual, all the focus was on the politic(...)

Police officers stand guard near an apartment building in the Bronx borough of New York where a six-month-old girl died on Thursday after being thrown from a window. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

The screaming from Apartment 6D began on Wednesday night. By midday on Thursday, one neighbour said, Tenisha N Fearon was yelling, “I’m going to thro(...)

Oliver Sacks undoubtedly drew from life in his writings though he may have used a measure of embellishment when it suited his purpose. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(With his absorbing and accessible yet profound accounts of neurological cases and conditions, Oliver Sacks, who has died aged 82, brought the clinica(...)

EL Doctorow, who has died aged 84, was a leading figure in American literature whose popular and critically admired novels – including Ragtime, Billy (...)

Happier times: Grace Farrell in New York. Photograph: family collection

On February 19th, 2011, a young Irish woman named Grace Farrell froze to death in the doorway of St Brigid’s church on the Lower East Side of Manha(...)