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(...)

Dún Laoghaire pier: festival will include exhibitions, a genealogy village, traditional music, embassy celebrations, a concert and a parade.

Several thousand visitors are expected in Dún Laoghaire this week for an international festival of flags. The Bratacha Festival, opening (...)

Joe Costello: first Irish minister to visit Mongolia

Despite some setbacks because of a slowdown in China hitting exports, one of the world’s fastest growing economies is Mongolia, where GDP is ex(...)

 Denise Rich:  a songwriter whose ex-husband, the oil trader Marc Rich, was pardoned by Clinton as he left office in 2001, over tax evasion and racketeering charges. She had $144 million in April 2006 in the trust in the Cook Islands plus a yacht called the Lady Joy. Photograph:  Bebeto Matthews/AP

MONGOLIA Bayartsogt Sangajav Offshore compa(...)

Geoff Hill at St Werburgh Street in Chester, with Chester Cathedral behind, visited in November 1912 by Carl Stearns Clancy. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The road from Northwich to Chester is today probably very much as it was 100 years ago when Carl Stearns Clancy and his motorcycle partner Walt(...)

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