A Bollywood Kids dance was part of the Diwali Festival of Lights organised by the Indian Cultural and Sports Community Galway and Indian Society at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway’s Indian community celebrated “light over darkness” at its annual Diwali festival at the weekend, when a tribute was paid to former particip(...)

The increasing sophistication of passport and visa fraud is becoming a major challenge, a seminar to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The growing sophistication of passport and visa fraud is presenting major challenges for the Department of Foreign Affairs, a seminar on security chal(...)

 Buddhist master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When he was a young boy, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche was forced to flee Tibet along with his family. Tied to his horse so he wouldn’t fall off it when he sl(...)

Ice cold: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal  in the film Everest. 3:23

Lipstick, a loo roll, Paloma Picasso perfume, a naggin of Bushmills and some Tayto cheese-and-onion crisps. These five items are an indispensable p(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

Rescue team members search for the landslide victims at Lumle village in the Kaski district of Nepal. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation’s most popular tre(...)

St Patrick’s Purgatory Lough Derg Island. Photograph: David Sleator

Lough Derg in Co Donegal is a unique place in the world of pilgrimage. It attracts people from all over the world, rich, poor, politicians, the powerf(...)

Two months after massive twin earthquakes killed 8,897 people in Nepal, nearly three million survivors, many in mountainous, hard-to-reach areas, are still in need of shelter, food and basic medical care as the yearly monsoon bore down on the Himalayan nation. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Nepal reopened its most popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after international experts said it was safe, three months after two devastatin(...)

Syrian refugees wait for supplies near the Turkish border post of Akcakale, province of Sanliurfa. Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 per cent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qa(...)

Lesbian couple Laxmi Ghalan, 33, (centre) and Mira Bajracharya, 35, (left) speak with each other inside a temporary makeshift shelter at a LGBT camp, a month after the April 25th earthquake in Kathmandu. Photograph:  Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

When transgender woman Maya K.C. sought help at a relief camp in the ruins of Nepal’s capital after a devastating earthquake, she was quickly made to (...)