Ireland’s Niall O’Brien, in the team that beat the West Indies.   Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

There’s a theory, or at least there used to be, to explain why certain former British colonies, specifically India and Pakistan, chose cricket as thei(...)

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork this year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Veteran actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork later this year, after city councillors voted overwhelmingly to bes(...)

Enda Kenny: As the taoiseach is permitted to nominate 11 members of the Seanad it enables the holder of the office to bring in people from outside the political system. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised he will look outside the Dáil when it comes to picking ministers if he leads the next government. In a Christmas in(...)

Michael Collins features prominently in Michael Barry’s collection of photographs depicting the history of the Irish Civil War

History was my favourite subject in school. I loved the history books and most of all the photographs that graced them. For me these images were proof(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys: “The arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has announced €2 million in extra funds for the Arts Council next year, to finance (...)

Pádraic Ó Conaire: a complex, subtle and far from crudely heroic response to 1916

If anyone was to produce a propagandistic fictional account of the effects of the 1916 Rising, Pádraic Ó Conaire might have seemed a likely candida(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

John Concannon wasn’t even a twinkle in his mother’s eye when the 50th-anniversary celebration of the 1916 Rising, led by President Éamon de Valera, w(...)

Irish Ambassador to London Dan Mulhall at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London, during the annual Remembrance Sunday service. Photograph Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Everything about the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London are minutely planned, down to the positioning of dignita(...)

The headstone over WT Cosgrave’s grave, damaged by vandals, in Goldenbridge cemetery,  Inchicore. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The headstone of WT Cosgrave, the first leader of the Irish Free State, has been vandalised in Goldenbridge cemetery in south Dublin. The top of the m(...)

 An attendee holds the order of service which features a portrait of the late Ian Paisley as guests arrive for thehis  memorial service at the Ulster Hall  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:19

More than 800 people attended a memorial service for the late DUP leader and first minister Ian Paisley in the Ulster Hall in Belfast this afternoon.D(...)