Performers at the Galway International Arts Festival. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The old cliché of the welcoming Irish has been reinforced by a new travel survey which places three of our cities in the top four for global friendlin(...)

Image from  February 2009 shows former Khmer Rouge minister Ieng Thirith in court   in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. File photograph: Heng Sinith/AFP/Getty Images

Ieng Thirith, a Khmer Rouge leader who was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly two million Cambodians i(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

A man  building  a shelter in the migrant camp  in Calais, France. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The landscapes of emigration, migration, exile and return are complex ones of loss, enrichment, suffering and enduring hope. Every time I hear about t(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank: “Every single country we look at, we ask ourselves the question: is this particular choice of investments that we are making - is it going to reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty or is it going to make inequality worse?.” Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

“The Koreans have a saying that you bury your spouse in the ground but you bury your children in your heart,” said Dr Jim Yong Kim. The Korean-born h(...)

A tourist wearing a face mask pushes a luggage cart at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Hong Kong upgraded to “serious” on Monday its response to an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in South Korea, where the number of c(...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)

Prof Michael O’Flaherty of NUI Galway at Palmyra Park in Galway city. He says the shelter Europe is offering refugees now is a shadow of what they did 20 years ago. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Ireland and its European partners need to be “far more generous” in response to Syrians and other refugees fleeing conflict, Irish Centre for Human(...)

The welcome party for ministry visitors at one of the floating schools on the Tonle Sap Lake, north of Battambang

Schull in west Cork is a beautiful place, and the view from my desk in the community college principal’s office, overlooking the harbour, was magic(...)