‘In a way “Hallelujah” should not have such massive popular appeal. After all, the music and the lyrics go against the contemporary grain.’ Above, Leonard Cohen. Photograph:  Graham Denholm/WireImage

Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah hit the headlines again recently when Fr Ray Kelly’s custom-made cover version for a wedding in Meath went viral. In a(...)

In the first week of January last year I placed an €80 bet that 2013 would be among the top 10 hottest years since global records began in 1850. The o(...)

High tide at Clontarf, Dublin, last  Friday. “The impact of sea-level rise will be most apparent in the major cities of Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Galway.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Storms at sea are nothing new, but to be battered by them repeatedly over a short period of time as Ireland and Britain have been in recent days is re(...)

The main greenhouse gas blamed for global warming averaged 400.03 parts per million at a monitoring station on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano yesterday. Image NOAA

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time since measurements began, breaching a (...)

Pope Francis washes the foot of a prisoner at Casal del Marmo youth prison in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

With yet another of the many symbolic gestures that have marked this initial phase of his pon(...)