Former Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ó Muirithe died suddenly aged 78 in Vienna yesterday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former lexicographer and Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ó Muirithe died suddenly in Vienna yesterday. He was 78 His “Words We Use” column ran i(...)

Words we use: Barrack

Where I come from to barrack means to consistently interrupt a person who is speaking. In Ulster the verb means to brag, to be boastful of one’s fi(...)

‘Sartorial standards have  greatly improved since 1828, especially on Ladies Day. Yet in one respect, the prince’s comments hold good. The modern imperative to dress up at Galway applies exclusively to one gender.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Prince Hermann Ludwig Heinrich von Puckler-Muskau – a very colourful German nobleman of the 19th century – has previously featured in this column on f(...)

President Barack Obama speaks to students and other guests at Belfast Waterfront in Belfast this week. Photograph: Reuters

I am about to do something I have never done before. It will hurt. I will be forced – in the style of a cowboy preparing for the removal of a bullet –(...)