Ashford Castle in winter

Make hay in Cork If you’ve been responsible for feeding the troops all over Christmas, it’s time to sit back and let someone else do the cookin(...)

A melee between Ireland and Australia players during the third Test.

For an event whose attendant publicity had laboured metaphors of marriage and coming together, the very first international rules Test turned out t(...)

President Michael D Higgins is greeted by co-director of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre during his visit to mark 30 years anniversary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I was at a literary reading a few years ago when a man stood up and asked me why I had bothered to write a book about the “gypsies.” He spoke with the(...)

Two men pay their repects before laying flowers at a rail cordon close to the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images  1:44

The abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have shocked the European Union, and left leaders grappling to respond to one of the worst(...)

Mullah Krekar went to Norway as a refugee in 1991 and had earlier been deemed a threat to national security.  Norwegian authorities did not expel him to Iraq because authorities there could not guarantee he would not be executed. Italy said it would now seek to extradite him. File photograph: Olav Nesvold/NTB scanpix

Police in six European countries arrested at least 15 suspected members of an Islamist militant group that was planning attacks in Norway and the Midd(...)

Avarizia (Greed) and Via Crucis (Stations of the Resurrection),  by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi respectively,  both reproduce confidential financial documents allegedly stolen from the Vatican.  Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Two investigative journalists behind controversial books about the Vatican are under investigation by the Vatican City state judiciary on charges rela(...)

Well-known Jesuit priest Fr Michael Paul Gallagher has died. From Collooney Co Sligo he had been ill for some time. His death took place on Friday at (...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: The sins of bearing false witness, defamation, detraction and calumny are no less grave just because they are committed behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Photograph: PA

Social media is being turned into a harsh and dehumanising place for some, Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. It was particularly rep(...)