Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt 6:47

Democracy is alive and well on Irish offshore islands, if the tallies from last week’s referendum are anything to go by. Two of three Aran islands vot(...)

Enriching awareness of our heritage: children on the Burren. Photograph courtesy of burrenlife.com

If your first response to a mention of the Heritage Council is “Heritage What?”, you are not alone. Yet it is very likely that you or someone in your (...)

Sally, Jill and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The funeral has taken place of the broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy who died suddenly this week at the age of 76. The congregation at a packed Our Lady of (...)

Lamb Lady Gaga mmets President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. 2:44

Ireland, the best small country in the world in which to be a president. That’s what President Michael D Higgins must have thought after his annual fo(...)

Members of Get the Boat to Vote, a group of Irish people who returning from London to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum last Friday, as they arrived at the Stena ferry terminal in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan 2:11

Last weekend at Dublin Castle, thousands gathered to mark a watershed moment in Irish history. As the country delivered a resounding Yes to marriage(...)

The selfless and often lifelong work of Irish missionaries “has been a powerful expression of the vision of the church of the poor”, says President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JOE HUMPHREYS Governments need to move beyond “rhetorical gestures” and “modest” goals to tackle climate change and poverty, President Michael D Higg(...)

Visitors to the Jack & Jill garden which won a silver medal at the 2013 Bloom festival. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:44

Stilettos, craft beer and WB Yeats are among the inspirations for some of the 25 show gardens to be unveiled at Bloom gardening and food festival in P(...)

Bill O’Herlihy at the launch of his autobiography in 2012, We’ll Leave it There So,  with his wife Hilary and his daughters Sally Conlon (left) and Jill O’Herlihy-Ryan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bill O’Herlihy, who died yesterday aged 76, had a remarkable career as a newspaper journalist, broadcaster, PR consultant and political adviser. A na(...)

President Michael D Higgins says public cultural spaces are an important aspect of citizenship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has appealed for recognition of the “cultural space” to facilitate true social inclusion.He said a contraction in the role(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “So while we rightly celebrate marriage equality, there is still some uncertainty and a certain chill factor with gay and lesbian people, especially in schools.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to prevent schools and hospitals discriminating against current or future employees because of their sexuality will be in place by summer.(...)