British soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front during the first World War. Italy famously changed sides in 1915, entering the war on the side of Britain, France and Russia. Photograph: Reuters

If I were to ask you to name a patriot executed in 1916 by a colonial power for his nationalist beliefs, you might think of Pádraig Pearse, Joseph (...)

Modern faculty buliding in Trento university

If you know Italy at all, you will know that the Italian university system does not always enjoy a good press. At best, the average Italian student’s (...)

T he old man rang me at eleven o’clock last Monday morning and – get this – asked me where I was.“I’m in bed,” I went. “Have you seen the time? What a(...)

Paul Connolly (left) and Brian Jerry with their dogs, Tess and Millie, at Kilbogget Park, in Cabinteely, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Why now? Back in the 1990s Cabinteely was a sleepy little village where time seemed to have stood still. It shoulders Foxrock, Cornelscourt (...)