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(...)

A golfer on the links at the Trump Ferry Point Golf Course, near the Whitestone Bridge in New York. Paid for by New York City,  and maintained by the Trump organization, this course in the city’s poorest borough offers a stark visual lesson in inequality. Photograph: Richard Perry/The New York Times

The Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point nestle at the foot of the Whitestone Bridge. Players can take in breathtaking views across the East River to New Y(...)

Cafes on South William Street: Dublin made it to fourth place in the Matador network’s list of the world’s best cities for coffee lovers and is hosting the world barista championships next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council has set up a working group to examine the various issues relating to cafes and restaurants replacing city centre shops, in the wak(...)

Being Irish has been a big advantage to John Murphy. “There is a huge reservoir of goodwill,” he says

John Murphy first went to the United States 22 years ago on a scholarship with the Augustinians of Good Counsel in New Ross, to go to college in Erie,(...)

‘Thankfully in Ireland now, suicide is a topic that is getting easier to talk about, thanks to the efforts of Pieta House.’

The Pieta House Darkness Into Light fundraising event takes place this Saturday, with a special focus on the Irish diaspora this year. The dawn wal(...)

US president Barack Obama (left) is interviewed during a taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Following a week of racially charged protests in Baltimore, US president Barack Obama has said that the residual effects of racism have built up over (...)

A  handout photo of  New York police department officer Brian Moore, who died on  Monday from injuries received when a man shot him in the head on Saturday. Photograph: New York Times  1:51

A New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head died on Monday, the fifth officer shot dead in as many months amid anti-law enfor(...)

Wexford forward PJ Banville has won four county football medals with Horeswood. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Connacht Senior Football Championship New York v Galway Sunday, Gaelic Park, 8pm (3pm New York time) It’s a long way from Horeswood to the Bronx and (...)