Production crew and sets on Skellig Island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The return of crews filming the new Star Wars film to the Skellig Michael Unesco World Heritage Site off the Co Kerry coast next month will be hugely (...)

Former minister for foreign affairs Eamon Gilmore presented a Certificate of Irish Heritage to Tom Cruise, whose Irish ancestry stretches back to the 12th century when the Cruise family settled in Ireland as Knights of Strongbow

Members of the diaspora will no longer be able to pay for proof of their connection to Ireland after the Government announced it is to stop selling Ce(...)

 President Michael D Higgins travelled to Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday night to be in Dublin to meet departing Israeli  ambassador Boaz Modai on Wednesday.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins met the departing Israeli ambassador to Ireland on Wednesday after confusion over claims of a diplomatic snub. The Preside(...)

 Marietta Doran announces the showcase: Those heading to New York include Una Burke, Helen Steele, Heidi Higgins, Jennifer Rothwell and Chupi Sweetman. Photograph: Sara Freund

Ten Irish fashion brands are to be showcased on the first day of New York fashion week in September as part of a €50,000 promotional effort. The even(...)

Russborough House: minutes of a meeting between then minister for arts Jimmy Deenihan and members of the Alfred Beit Foundation in 2013 say the trust had looked at the “nuclear option” of closing  Russborough House

The trustees who run Russborough House have told the Government that the sale of “high art items” was not under consideration in 2013, according to (...)

Nell Ní Shé, Caoimhe Ní Dhubhain, Orla Ní Dhubhain and Marta Ní Loinsigh welcoming guests to the official opening of the new €3.5 million Irish language and enterprise development centre. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

A new Irish language and enterprise development centre in the Kerry Gaeltacht is expected to boost the local economy to the tune of €7m. Located in B(...)

The remains of Olivia Burke , who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse, leaving Dublin Airport today  escorted by gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The remains of Olivia Burke, one of the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse, have arrived at Dublin Airport. Ms Burke (21), a student at Dun Laog(...)

Olivia Burke was one of the six victims who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California.

The remains of Dublin student Olivia Burke (21) left San Francisco yesterday evening on an overnight flight to Ireland, arriving today. Her cas(...)

A message left near the scene of the  balcony collapse  which killed six Irish students in Berkeley, California: Fr Brendan McBride said he was heartbroken for the suffering of the families of those affected by the tragedy. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

The Irish students who died in Berkeley last week were remembered with the African American shooting victims in South Carolina at a memorial Mass in S(...)

The remains of the students who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California leave Dublin Airport. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The funerals of four of the students who died in Berkeley, California are to begin in Dublin on Tuesday. The remains of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán(...)