Illustration: Alan Clarke

The old man says it’s like looking for a proverbial what’s-it in a bloody well what’s-it. He’s pacing backwards and forwards and smoking like a cre(...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)

A beach in Ölüdeniz, Turkey, one of the hot spots for 2015 2:47

BELGRADE Recent history relegated Serbia to the role of international pariah, but that’s all changed now and Belgrade has reaffirmed itsel(...)

Col J H Alexander: he was awarded the Military Cross, mentioned in despatches four times and honoured with the Distinguished Service Order. (Courtesy, Ken Gillings)
The ‘spear’ that won Sinai

One of the often forgotten fronts of the Great War is the Sinai Peninsula and Palestine where the British army was locked into a tedious but often dea(...)

Residents of the West Point slum wait for food aid during the second day of the government’s Ebola quarantine on their neighbourhood in Monrovia, Liberia, on Thursday. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images)

There will be “suspect” cases of Ebola infection in Ireland for some time, one of the State’s most senior health officials has said. Dr Kevin Kelleher(...)

Fisherman, River Gambia, Gambia, Africa

I have a few weeks to play around with in September and early October and I’m trying to decide what to do. I was in Japan last year so it’s going to t(...)

The Iveragh Peninsula’s  location between the Kerry Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean provides  natural protection against light pollution.

An area of southwest Kerry has been designated as a dark skies reserve, the first place in the Northern Hemisphere to receive such a designation. The (...)

The Milky Way galaxy, as seen from a very dark site. The night sky in southwest Kerry offers an array of visible phenomena including the above, zodiacal light and faint meteors. Photograph: Babek Tafreshi/SSPL/Getty Images

A 700sq km area in southwest Kerry is expected to be named an international “dark sky reserve”, securing the highest designation for the exceptional (...)

Taking on the road: Derek Cullen and a local lizard in Botswana. Cullen is cycling solo through Africa for charity, taking in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zamibia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

Irish Lives: Peddling your way across the African plains, you tend to weigh up your options now and again: do I overtake this elephant now or lag behi(...)

“Major deals, which lead to tangible increases in exports and jobs in Ireland, are very often commenced or concluded on these missions.” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton meets Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, assistant secretary general for policy affairs at Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health. Photograph: Lydia Shaw

Ireland has a proud history of supporting the cause of human rights around the world. Unfortunately, our record of providing jobs for our people is fa(...)