Ian Pettersson with his wife and two sons at their home in Estonia. ‘We have lots of land. We grow our own fruit and veg.’

I left Ireland in 2010. It was on a bit of a whim really. I had been working for a large company that eventually closed its Dublin office, making all (...)

Self-portrait by Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin characters. © Moomin Characters™

Celebrations are taking place today across Finland, the beautiful Nordic country of lakes and islands as the 97th anniversary of the day Finns declare(...)

Estonia’s foreign minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (right) with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at a meeting in Tallinn, on November 20th. Estonia joined Nato in 2003. Photograph: EPA/Estonian foreign ministry

Since January 2013, public transport in Tallinn has been free – to residents. The result was to generate a healthy increase in Tallinn’s registered(...)

 Trust, a social and health agency working with the homeless, assisted people of 15 nationalities in a recent week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In just two days this month 54 people attended a social and health agency premises in Dublin’s Liberties. Trust, a non-denominational, befriending, s(...)

A girl lights a candle during Latvian Freedom Fighters’ Remembrance Day, or Lacplesis Day, to commemorate those who fought in the 1919 Latvian War of Independence, near Riga castle on November 11th. In Latvia, Russia’s increased military activity is seen as an echo of the cold war. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

In the cold, slate-grey skies and seas of northeast Europe, an old game is being played out under new rules.Where for decades the Soviet Union probed (...)

 Dmitri Kovaltsuk , Allen Rosenberg and Jevgeni Agnevshtshikov, of Chop-e, at  Web Summit 2014 in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke
Web Summit for start-ups

Walking through the rows of exhibiting start-ups at the Web Summit is like running a gauntlet. The entrepreneurs are eager to pitch their ideas to any(...)

John Delaney: said the Scottish Football Association’s handling of tickets was “a joke” . Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Scottish Football Association have declined to comment on John Delaney’s assessment of their handling of the ticketing situation for Ireland’s (...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied  the club put pressure on England boss Roy Hodgson to rest Raheem Sterling  against Estonia on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied that the club put pressure on Roy Hodgson to rest Raheem Sterling for England’s Euro 2016 qualifier agai(...)

 Irelad captain Roy Keane in action against Portugal at Lansdowne Road. ,  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.The Irish times.

Time to draw on a selection of excellent Ireland performances from the archives.June 2001Republic of Ireland 1 Portugal 1Most Irish soccer fans will r(...)

 Roy Hodgson has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recovery regimen.  Photograph: Valda Kalnina

Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Liverpool are using the correct fitness regime after claiming there is little medical evidence to support the “two-(...)