The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

In the 1970s, Daria Blackwell was among one of the first female patrons of McSorley’s Old Ale House, one of New York’s oldest Irish bars. Photograph: Leonard J. DeFrancisci

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. The following is one of the entr(...)

Ironically enough, it was an American, a pretty famous one at that, who once remarked: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a(...)

Future historians  could be confronted by a digital desert comparable with the dark ages, Dr Vinton “Vint” Cerf, vice-president of Google, has warned. Photograph: Getty Images

Digital technology could turn the 21st century into a new dark age lost to history, a leading internet pioneer has warned.As operating systems and sof(...)

 Signs made by attendees hang at the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers’ union, during a viewing party for US President Barack Obama’s speech on evecutive action immigration policy reform last night in New York City. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

What did President Obama announce about immigration last night?In a televised address from the White House, Mr Obama announced a series of executive o(...)

Joachim Löw has lasted this long because his team has spent eight years roaming in the gloaming between success and failure. 1:50

In an age when professionalism and TV have caused the different styles of football around the world to converge, World Cup dugouts at least remain ple(...)

One of the  graves in the 207-year-old Congressional Cemetery is that of   Leonard Matlovich, the Vietnam War veteran  who fought  the ban on homosexuals in the military. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Dog owners are a powerful breed in the United States, particularly when they work in packs. The Congressional Cemetery, almost two miles east of the U(...)

Daniel Day-Lewis is to  be awarded a knighthood after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Multi-award-winning actor, and Wicklow resident, Daniel Day-Lewis is to be knighted.He is one of more than 1,100 people from the UK and beyond to be r(...)

Members of Loughrea Arts, Recreation and Culture  at the boarded up Loughrea Town Hall. From front: Fiona Keane of the East Galway Youth Theatre with her daughter Orlagh and son Adam, John Kelly of the Seumas O’Kelly Players (as Lord Lascelles), Mary Davison of Loughrea Active Retirement, and John Creaven of the Seumas O’Kelly Players. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Musician Tony Callanan might not have too much in common with Toto, the Sicilian boy who forged a close bond with projectionist Alfredo in Giuseppe T(...)