Richard Brautigan gives the women in his life more than a mere credit: his “muses” are right up there on the front of the books with him, getting equal billing, such as Michaela Blake-Grand on the cover of Trout Fishing in America; San Francisco 1966. Photographs: Erik Weber

“You can’t judge a book by its cover!” – Really? – Who says? I’ve never really understood the above phrase: in my experience you very often can(...)

Marian Horgan (61), was pronounced dead at her family home in Murmount Avenue, Montenotte, Cork on November 23rd last. Her  son Paul (above), was subsequently charged with her murder at Cork District Court. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts

A mother of three who was found with fatal injuries in the kitchen of her home was on Monday remembered at her requiem Mass as a “beautiful all(...)

Pope Francis walks with the pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Monday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis ventured into one of the world’s most dangerous neighbourhoods on Monday to implore Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of ha(...)

The nativity scene where a baby boy was left at the Church of the Holy Child Jesus, in the Queens borough of New York. Photograph: Kirsten Luce/The New York Times.

The mother of a baby who was left this week in a manger inside a Roman Catholic church in New York was found and will not face criminal prose(...)

Pope Francis arrives at the University of Nairobi for a public mass during his five-day visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic (CAR). Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God’s name wa(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry on his way out of the Elysee Palace: welcomed the agreement. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US vice-president Joe Biden led the Obama administration’s praise of the Northern Ireland political agreement, saying that he was “glad” to see a deal(...)

Donal Loughney of Patrick’s pub in the 11th arrondissement of Paris said it “could have been on any one of us” caught up in Friday night’s violence.

“I really fear for people, security here is gone. Young people gunned down.. it was as if they were my children last night.” That’s the view of Mary B(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin signing the Book of Codolence at the Pro- Cathedral following mass on Saturday  where he spoke of the attacks in Paris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The events in Paris are a “horrific example of what fundamentalism can do and what happens when religion is distorted for ideological reasons”, Archbi(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: prosecutor told court Mr Drumm had “significant assets and means to flee”. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm yesterday made a personal and emotional plea to a US judge to be released on bail pending his extr(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm’s lawyers set out six special circumstances outlining why he should be released from detention. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has proposed remaining in detention at home and subjecting himself to electronic monitoring as a c(...)