Valletta skyline at sunset with the Carmelite Church dome and St Paul’s cathedral. A world-heritage site, Unesco calls this time-warp city “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”

The first thing that can strike you about Malta, a tiny island in the Mediterranean approximately 17 miles long and nine miles wide, are the sheer num(...)

Florence Gilmore with her daughter Rosie Buckley, aged 15 months, at her home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 8/3/2016

The journey of pregnancy is clearly defined through the myopic Hollywood lens. You’ll know you are expecting because you will be violently sick (usua(...)

Caitríona Weafer: ‘Irish is my main language in this place of stunning sunsets and kind weather very, very far west of Connemara.’ Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Gaeilge in Malibu, Hollywood Boulevard, or anywhere around Los Angeles? Yeah, right, you might think. Maybe a “póg mo thóin” from someone who learned(...)

“That Patrick Pearse had been totally captured by that pre-Christian myth of redemptive violence is clear.” Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

Jesus of Nazareth did not declare himself head of a sovereign Zion. He did not instruct his followers to seize control of Jerusalem, killing anyone wh(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Jackie Cahill is hoisted into the air as he celebrates being elected TD in Tipperary. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Irish Times invited readers abroad to comment on the result of the general election, as they viewed it from afar. Here is a selection of the resp(...)

Julianne Moore accepts her Academy Award. ‘Political acceptance speeches are supposed to be the anomalies that keep the ceremony honest. They’re not supposed to define the night.’ Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Of all the details to emerge about blurred lines at the Daily Telegraph, perhaps the least surprising is the leaking of a memo from film distributor S(...)

US officials are expected to formally identify North Korea as being behind  the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

US president Barack Obama said Sony made a mistake in cancelling the release of its film The Interview under threat make by hackers in North Korea. “W(...)

NBA king LeBron James was criticised by British media when he put his arm around Kate Middleton while wearing a sweaty post-game shirt after the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Brooklyn Nets in New York. Photograph: Neilson Barnard/The New York Times

The US was just recovering from the royal visit of Wills and Kate to New York and Washington when the tabloid gods rained down another celebrity ne(...)

The passing of John Bradley at the early age of 60 is an irreparable loss to Irish archaeology, medieval and urban studies and to Kilkenny in particul(...)

‘World War Z’: “Where Brad Pitt fights an army of crepuscular demons to save the world – and without even Angie’s help.”  Pitt arrives at the film’s Australian premiere in Sydney. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

I love my monsters, sacred or straight up. I’m not as fond of zombies as I am of vampires. Vampires are urbane shape-shifters, sophisticated, seductiv(...)