Viking fans in full regalia engage in  mock hand-to-hand combat at one of several re-enactments of the Battle of Clontrarf at a festival in St Anne’s Park at the weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Iain Barber is narrating an unfolding battle with the melodramatic enthusiasm of Mícheál Ó Muirhceartaigh. A warrior falls to his knees, “He ha(...)

Visitors toast with their one-liter beer mugs during the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Behind the pale yellow walls of a former Benedictine monastery on a wooded hill near Munich, the master brewers of Weihenstephan are still perf(...)

The typical Irish man does not, apparently, have the looks of Michael Fassbender.

They say beauty is only skin deep. But that may be little consolation to Ireland’s men, who have been ranked among the ugliest in the world. (...)

We are all, to some degree, a product of our environment. Wallis Bird has personified that maxim more literally than most throughout her life. (...)

As chief executive Kevin Lane was keen to point out, the international success of Kerrygold and other milk products bodes well for the end of quotas next year

Kerrygold butter, the bellwether of the Irish dairy industry, seems to be going from strength to strength. According to the Irish Dairy Board, (...)

Finnish vice-president of the European Commission Olli Rehn is one of six commissioners standing down from their duties early to contest the European elections. Photograph: Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva/Reuters

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for the final plenary session of the current term of the European Parliament before hurrying back to thei(...)

German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel: said “the driving force” behind growth  is domestic demand. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

Germany is facing into a broad-based, domestic-driven economic upswing, official data indicated yesterday, with growth hitting 1.8 per cent this ye(...)

Beware the strong man. Or, more accurately, beware behaving in ways that create the demand for a strong man to protect the weak. The thought oc(...)

Sir Roger Casement: Irish prisoners of war in Germany were furious when he denounced John Redmond as a “traitor” and the Home Rule 
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Bill as a “pretence”

Roger Casement was attacked and had to be rescued by German soldiers from a first World War prisoner-of-war c(...)

Cologne: the launch of the new winter service means Germanwings is boosting its overall annual capacity on the route between Dublin and the German city by 31 per cent.

Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings is planning to launch a Dublin-Cologne service this winter in a move that wi(...)

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