The hanging of the Irish Proclamation 1916

Is it better look backwards or look forwards? That’s one of the big questions Irish people are asking themselves as we head into the 100th anniversary(...)

Game Of Thrones featuring Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photograph: HBO Enterprises publicity shot.

It was a nerve-wracking day for a Game of Thrones watcher. I spent it wondering what plot twist the scriptwriters would deliver in the final episode o(...)

Students from Coláiste Uisce  on Elly Beach, Mullet Peninsula, Erris, Co. Mayo. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Weather warnings of high seas and strong winds didn’t deter the community of the northwest Mayo outpost of Erris from celebrating its Irish Times Best(...)

In January 1998, Ian Paisley announced that he was exiling himself from the Good Friday Agreement peace talks and would instead travel to Cameroon to (...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

The ‘Irish Times’ Blueprint for a Smarter Society begins today. The initiative was inspired by a speech this summer by Prof Luke Drury, president of t(...)

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

Best Place to Holiday in Ireland: Mo Sheedy, Orla and Hannah Connolly, Mel Sheedy, Mikey, Kate and Niamh Bogenberger at Loop Head Lighthouse. Photograph: Alan Betson

Could a slightly out-of-the-way tourist spot in west Co Clare offer a tourist model that other parts of Ireland could emulate? Loop Head peninsula wil(...)

“Derry is a rugged working city, but what it lacks in hanging baskets it more than makes up for in heritage, culture and artistic activity. From its famous walls to its thriving nightlife and music scene, Derry has something for everyone. It is a deserving current holder of the title of City of Culture. For a small city Derry fits in a lot, but retains a personal feel that bigger cities often lack. It is also an ideal base for exploring both Donegal and Northern Ireland.” Read the original nomination at

The judges of The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition have chosen five finalists. The shortlist features three remote area(...)

Deluge: yellow cabs in a flooded car park in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy. Photograph: Charles Sykes/AP

More than two decades have passed since Margaret Thatcher, as British prime minister, delivered a remarkable speech to the second World Climate(...)