Protests in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 following the death of Michael Brown. Local media are reporting nine people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder near the town of Tyrone in rural southern Missouri. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A gunman killed seven people and wounded another on Thursday night in rural southern Missouri before apparently taking his own life, law enforcement o(...)

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)

Keith Pascoe: a violinist who comes at his subject at times from an almost proprietorial perspective

The National Concert Hall’s education, community and outreach department has begun a new strand of talks and interviews. Pre-concert talks and inte(...)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960) Most novels manage to fall into immediate categories. Some are bestsellers, others are destined to be respe(...)

Get away at home If you want a little pre-Christmas detox, the Cliff House Hotel (thecliffhousehotel.com) in Ardmore, Co Waterford is runnin(...)

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn fish on the river Mississippi, near the childhood home  of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Missouri. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has never been out of print since it was published in 1876. Photograph: George Pickow/Three Lions/Getty Images

The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), John Bunyan “As I walk’d through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a Denn; A(...)

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Today ours is a four-letter word beloved of many, despised by the few. It could only be golf. A game by any other name, to the few. The one true relig(...)

Concerns that the increase on cigarette prices will lead to increased criminality leading to it being called a “Nidge” tax.

Another touch of Frost in the Kildare Street air and it had nothing to do with the change in the weather. Michael Noonan was moved to quote American p(...)

Courage: the Paris of 1942 comes vividly alive in No Stars at the Circus by Mary Finn

Stories to make us laugh and stories to make us cry; stories to bring the past to life and stories to illuminate the present: today’s selection of fic(...)