‘Will I return to live? Most definitely not. I couldn’t afford to live in Ireland. I could never own my own home, or maintain my current lifestyle.’

Oh Ireland, I miss the feeling of belonging, the ease of just being me. I easily identify myself as Irish wherever I am; it’s a huge part of ho(...)

Krish and Lelia Naidoo at their home in Dalkey, Co Dublin, in February 1993. He had said: “If you stand on Grafton Street any Saturday, you can pick out at least 20 Miss Worlds. They’re just scared to enter.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Krish Naidoo, former promoter of the Miss Ireland contest, has died. South-African born, Mr Naidoo ran the beauty contest for 30 years and was an int(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton

There is a temptation to portray Warren Gatland as the poker-faced gambler, a man who follows a hunch, from his days in charge of Ireland, through hi(...)

Afghans donate blood for those injured in Kunduz fighting, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The bombing of a hospital in Kunduz killed 22 people, 12 of them Médecins Sans Frontières staff. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

While the US frequently calls for the transfer of high-profile fugitives into the hands of the International Criminal Court, it has been notable this (...)

 South African  athlete Oscar Pistorius in court. File photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius’s family have criticised South African authorities for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house a(...)

 Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was due to have been released to house arrest in August after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa’s parole review board has delayed the release of Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius from prison, where he is serving a sentence fo(...)

A white swallow at Tacumshin from a photograph by Eric Dempsey. Illustration: Michael Viney

If I were going there this weekend – and I’m sorry I’m not, it’s too far – we would end up taking the road from Wexford to Kilmore Quay and then, a(...)

Thinking anew: the Ven Gordon Linney. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ven Gordon Linney is a compassionate man of clearly thought out Christian conviction who is never afraid of entering the fray in defence of that c(...)

Liam Healy presided over a group which assembled an international business with a turnover of £34 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Liam Healy, who has died aged 86, was Tony O’Reilly’s righthand man at the helm of his newspaper empire during its great days. From 1991 to 2000, Hea(...)