The annual silly season story about a man-eating shark encroaching on British and, by implication, Irish waters arrived today.A fisherman filmed what (...)

James Foley: the journalist came from an Irish-American family in Rochester, New Hampshire. Photograph: AP Photo/Steven Senne, File 1:10

UK intelligence agencies are seeking the identity of the masked man with an English accent who was filmed beheading US journalist James Foley in Syr(...)

The Star Wars freighter-turned-fighter brings  Mark Hamill (the original Luke Skywalker) to Skellig Michael today. Warning: The Irish Times cannot verify the authenticity of this photograph (but it’s obviously real).

Filming of scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII begins this afternoon on Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Cast and crew of the upcoming movie – includ(...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

In 2007 my friend Paul Clancy connected with me on Facebook. In the “how we know each other” section he wrote: “Shared a rich fantasy life for many(...)

Gary McCabe converts a penalty to give Shamrock Rovers the lead against Bray Wanderers in their Airtricity League Premier Division game at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers 2 Bray Wanderers 1 Having won an early penalty, teenager Seán Heaney subsequently scored his first goal for Shamrock Rovers to(...)

The Government announced that an ambitious (and controversial) plan to export wind energy from the midlands to Britain has foundered. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

Two separate but connected events yesterday conspired to focus minds on an issue that has been comparatively neglected in recent times but shou(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Viscount Henry Hood, lord-in-waiting to  Queen Elizabeth, who greeted the president  at  Heathrow yesterday. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Sometimes, the small things are what make a house a home, no matter how grand its walls. Today, President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina(...)

 The President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina departing for their State visit to Britain at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel today. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has arrived in London for the first ever State visit to Britain by an Irish president. Mr Higgins and his wif(...)

      Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina will stay at Windsor Castle – a privilege usually accorded only to visiting monarchs and one United States president, Ronald Reagan. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

President Michael D Higgins’s State visit to Britain next month – the first by an Iris(...)