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Irish Roots

Anyone who has ever studied a foreign language is familiar with the idea of a “false friend”, a word that looks identical but has a completely distinc(...)

After playing a prominent role at the historic banquet for President Michael D Higgins in Windsor Castle hours earlier, Sabina Higgins returned to (...)

Pauline Conway from Co Wicklow greeting  President Michael D Higgins  at University College London Hospital yesterday.  Photograph: Johnny Bambury

The glittering investiture of Ireland into The Order of the VBF (Very Best Friend) continues. There’s nothing like some rousing pageantry to st(...)

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, Sabina Higgins, Queen Elizabeth and President Michael D Higgins watch a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle yesterday. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Yesterday’s engagements at Windsor Castle and Westminster highlighted the sartorial choices of President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on t(...)

Joan Bergin: “We are not dealing with a celebrity on the red carpet, but a hard-working woman, who is very intelligent and politically aware and the wife of the President.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish fashion will be in the spotlight next week when Sabina Higgins accompanies her husband President Michael D Higgins on the first official (...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)