People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

A Mongolian herder: severe winters have killed millions of animals in recent years, devastating nomadic communities. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Summer was bountiful for the herders of Darkhid, a small farming community about 40km from the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator. Yaks and cows roam acros(...)

Stephen Allen, Aran Power and Kevin Power at Shannon after the rally. photograph: brian arthur/press 22

Stephen Allen and his brothers-in-law Kevin and Aran Power knew before they began the Mongol Rally this summer that only 30 motorcyclists had complete(...)

Adrienne Youngman: Kerry native in Mongolia

Given the Irish obsession with the weather, you’d wonder why anyone would actively choose to move to the coldest capital on the planet. But in 2011, 3(...)

It’s 2023 and the titular mutants are being hunted to the brink of extinction by a fleet of marauding robots known as the Sentinels. Surviving A-liste(...)

Lake Baikal and TransSiberian Express, Russia. Photograph: David Forman/Getty Images

Even now, as the world shrinks through the revolution in communication and travel, the mythic allure of great train journeys endures. The Finnish w(...)

Michael Harding at Lough Allen, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Before Christmas I spent three months touring the country, doing readings in arts centres, and sleeping in the de-luxe rooms of various hotels. It was(...)

New York-based Irish businessman Michael Madden updated us this week on his investments around the world. Microfinance is Madden’s speciality, via a D(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney
One court. Eight voices

Susan DenhamChief Justice Susan Denham became the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1992, just a year after she was ma(...)

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gives a thumbs-up after a successful parachute landing in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Nasa handout/Reuters

The first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan with two crewmates today, wrapping up a five-mo(...)