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(...)

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(...)

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,(...)