Google’s experimental “happy” newsroom processes were made public after the Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final – there was a distinction between negative terminology topping searches, yet more upbeat content being shared on social media. Photograph: Rowan Staszkiewicz/PA Wire.

In this paper last week, Michael Harding referred to Gabriel García Márquez’s idea that what matters in life is not what happens, but what and how (...)

Dermot Healy’s widow, Helen, is consoled by President Michael D Higgins at St Patrick’s Church, Maugherow, Co Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

The great Irish writer Dermot Healy was laid to rest yesterday in the company of poets and artists, musicians and singers, a president and, above all,(...)

Animal magic: Slow Magic at Body & Soul

‘What is a caribou anyway? Is it one of those big moosey type things?” asked Tom as we headed for a mid-morning settler, discussing the best plan of a(...)

Bunreacht Na hÉireann

Ireland is at a point in its history where fundamental questions are being asked about how it is run, how it is shaped, and how its identity will chan(...)

I find it hard to watch television on Christmas Eve. There’s too much tinsel, and jingle bells and sentimental movies on every channel with nice guys (...)

Michael Harding at Lough Allen, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

On my way to Galway I stopped in a charity shop and met an old woman with a coloured hat, and lots of bags, who looked like she was on medication beca(...)

 Chief Supt Harry Breen: unarmed and waving a white handkerchief, he was shot in the back of the head: Photograph: McCartan Turkington Breen/PA

About twenty to four on March 20th, 1989, Finbarr King heard the ugliest sound in the world: the howl of triumph that goes up from a human wolfpack j(...)

Niamh Boyce, ‘The Herbalist’. Winner of The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

The Irish publishing world celebrated the best in Irish writing last night, at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. More than 500 guests atte(...)

In the old days Cavan women had a tendency to force-feed other humans. Some anthropologists thought it was due to poverty in the Drumlin region, a pla(...)

Michael Harding. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I was in a hotel in Cork one night last week, stuffing myself with duck and ice cream and home-made chocolates, and washing it all down with brandy, w(...)