Some puppet: the Little Giant Girl in Liverpool. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

An old woman dozes in the hot morning sun, her chest rising and dipping to the rumble of a snore that reverberates through the concourse of St George’(...)

Ireland: Magheramore,  Co Wicklow: €600,000, Harrington Property

Harrington Property is seeking €600,000 for Jaspers, Magheramore, Co Wicklow, a detached house on about two acres. France Pays De La Loire (...)

Customers using the Luas yesterday on the 10th anniversary of its launch, alight at the St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Bringing back the trams was the trendy thing to do in the early 1990s. New tramways were already running in the French cities of Grenoble, Nantes and (...)

Love them or hate them – and the band don’t care one way or another – Metallica have earned the right to headline Glastonbury next week. If commercial(...)

Demy, centre, on the set of his 1982 film Une Chambre en Ville (A Room in Town), which is screening at Cork French Film Festival

The second World War has just ended. A 14-year-old boy in short trousers stares through a shop window at a Pathé Baby home-movie camera. (...)

Controversial Franco-Cameroonian comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala holds a press conference at the Theatre de la Main d’Or in Paris last night.  Dieudonne addressed the media following court rulings which imposed a state-backed ban on his comedy act because of the show’s antisemitic content. Photograph: EPA

A French comedian said last night he had dropped a show banned for its anti-Semitic language, and was planning one that would cause no objections.On F(...)

 Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea: “It (Heineken Cup)    energises people, it gives us a variety to who we play, it gives supporters excitement.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea hopes a solution is found which will see English clubs participate in the Heineken Cup. The former Irish international s(...)

Pat Cox: said the values that Columban promoted were essential to the wellbeing and stability of contemporary European society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In AD 590, St Columban and his 12 companions sailed from Bangor, Co Down. During the next 20 years he established monasteries in eastern Gaul at Anneg(...)

Grape harvesting in the Vendée

It was easy enough to cycle out of Nantes, and within half an hour I was on a quiet country road, lined with trees and hedge. Coming around a slow ben(...)

Vélo city: summer fun on the Ile de Nantes, where Colm Keena’s mini-tour de France begins. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

This is no Tour de France or anything like it. I’ve hired a bike for 10 days and I’m heading from Nantes in the Pays de la Loire to the postcard-prett(...)