If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

What does it mean to be Irish? It means to ask what it means to be Irish. St Patrick’s Day is high season for ruminations on the Gaelic soul, a(...)

‘A land of magical mists, sideways rain and copious Starbucks’ Dear (...)

The Gala award judges described Fintan O’Toole as ‘a passionate voice for equality and liberal progressive values’.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole has been named journalist of the year at the Gala LGBT awards. The judges of this year’s awards des(...)

Rory O’Neill as Panti Bliss: his Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre has  attracted more than 230,000 views. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

In Tuesday’s Irish Times, Fintan O’Toole posed a question: even if the opponents of gay marriage in Ireland have noble motives, then so what? His opin(...)

Broadcaster Matt Cooper (left) appears in the frame as Dennis Rodman is interviewed by journalists in Beijing. Image: Sky News

Irish broadcaster Matt Cooper has described North Korea as a “very grey and dull looking place”. Cooper spent four days in the hermit state this week (...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip: stars such as the Leinster forward and Seán O’Brien sell success and seats. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I left 2013 with a column on mental messages of the mind and I enter 2014 with the mental mind games regarding the current posturing over player co(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

Audio podcast: after the troika

As part of our coverage of Ireland’s exit this week from the EU/IMF bailout, we debate the issues raised by the country’s post-crash realities in a sp(...)

Former South African President Nelson Mandela speaks after being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Galway in 2003
Not just a symbol

The 20th century began, it has been said, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. If that is true, then I was privileged to spend the 20(...)

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