‘A skiing holiday? You? Really?” Incredulity was the common response when I told friends I was off for a week to the French Alps. To be fair, their do(...)

Former minister for foreign affairs Eamon Gilmore presented a Certificate of Irish Heritage to Tom Cruise, whose Irish ancestry stretches back to the 12th century when the Cruise family settled in Ireland as Knights of Strongbow

Members of the diaspora will no longer be able to pay for proof of their connection to Ireland after the Government announced it is to stop selling Ce(...)

Basic family survival skills Ghosts of Christmases past are lurking. People are walking on eggshells. If you don’t limit time with extended family, fa(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: time is of the essence. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The bookshelves of Jimmy Deenihan’s new office in the Department of the Taoiseach are still empty, but on the desk of the country’s first Minister of (...)

The Gardiner Expressway on the way into central Ontario,  Canada.  The Canadian  application system for  remaining permits available for Irish working holidaymakers this year opened at 9pm last night, but by 9.45pm a note had been posted on the government of Canada’s website to say the quota had been filled.  Photograph: Galit Rodan/Bloomberg

Any more Irish people hoping to move to Canada on a working holiday visa will have to wait until next year to apply after the second round of 3(...)

Several hundred people protested against the Ukrainian government outside the Ukrainian embassy in Dublin 4 today.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Around 300 demonstrators gathered outside the Ukrainian embassy in Dublin today calling for the resignation of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich. (...)

Irish exports fell €327 million to €7 billion in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, figures from the CSO show. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

The value of Irish exports on a seasonally adjusted basis fell 5 per cent in November while the value of imports increased 3 per cent, resulting in th(...)

Gerard Corbett, arriving home from Saudi Arabia for Christmas, is meet by his children Ellen (20), Faye (17) and Dominic (15) at Dublin Airport early this morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A strong tailwind took the transatlantic flights bringing Irish emigrants home for Christmas into Dublin Airport almost an hour early this morning, bu(...)

Embracing digital: ReachOut is one of the groups using technology to offer help, advice and counselling. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography
10 ways to win

1: Celebrate public intellectualsIn previous eras we looked to public intellectuals to help us critique society in times of uncertainty. Nowadays they(...)

THE Irish Times has received 29 nominations for the National Newspapers of Ireland Awards for 2013, more than any other newspaper. The newspaper domin(...)