The new dahlia garden in Aras an Uachtarain, which contains several Irish-bed cultivars include Dahlia ‘John Markham’. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What does it feel like to have a plant named after you? Someone who knew the answer to that question was the late John Markham, the greatly respect(...)

 Lord Sebastian Coe reacts after being elected as the new IAAF President during the 50th IAAF Congress  in Beijing, China. Photograph: Getty

Sebastian Coe, the double Olympic champion who led the organising committee of London’s 2012 Games, has been elected as the president of the world gov(...)

Olive Oil from Ristorante Rinuccini

Kilkenny restaurant branches out Ristorante Rinuccini in Kilkenny celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion the Cavali(...)

Perry Wharrie (53) was one of four men jailed in Ireland for their part in the bungled Dunlough Bay drug-smuggling operation off Mizen Head in West Cork in July 2007. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An Englishman given the longest ever sentence for drugs offences in the history of the state following a bungled cocaine smuggling operation off the W(...)

Differences in culture, business approach and regulation may put many people off the possibility of growing into places such as Africa but that doesn’t mean there aren’t major opportunities there

Terms such as “tech start-up” and “developing world” are not frequently heard in the same sentence. Irish companies looking to go big usually aim for (...)

 Members of the G-JINX Twister aerobatic display team perform  to a huge crowd  during the Bray Air Display last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bray Summerfest this weekend features the annual free air display on Sunday at 2pm. Other events playing out over Saturday and Sunday include the Summ(...)

File photograph dated August 12th, 2011 shows then Papal Nuncio Jozef Wesolowski attending a ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

There was unexpected drama in the Holy See when a former papal nuncio, defrocked Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, fell ill on the eve of Saturday m(...)

Mary Owens and Darragh Greenan Mary, a dental hygienist from Galway, and Darragh, a project manager for McAleer & Rushe, met in their tee(...)

Pope Francis before an open air mass at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Photograph: AFP Photo/Rodrigo Buendia

Latin America’s first pope has stressed the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)