Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks to pupils during a visit to Kelty Primary School in Fife yesterday. Photograph: Garry F McHarg/Reuters

Promises made to Scotland on further devolution will be upheld, former British prime minister Gordon Brown insisted, as he urged the country to come t(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)

 JK Rowling: was recently attacked online following a blog posting where she compared extreme nationalists to Death Eaters, supporters of the evil Voldemort in her Harry Potter series. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Scotland’s best known literary icon, the poet Robert Burns, would vote for independence in this week’s referendum, according to Alex Salmond, the nati(...)

Pianist Una Hunt has been doing sterling work unearthing the music of Limerick’s George Alexander Osborne and others

The 1742 premiere of Handel’s Messiah is a red letter day in the history of music in Dublin. The occasion is celebrated every year by Our Lady’s Ch(...)

Kate Colleary and journalist Olivia O’Leary at the funeral of Gordon Colleary, founder of USIT, in St Joseph’s Parish Church, Glasthule, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

American Catholic mystic Thomas Merton was quoted at the funeral of Gordon Colleary (73) whose funeral Mass took place at St Joseph’s church in Dublin(...)

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Yule and Yuletide. That old “heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity”, as it is put. Both words are Anglo-Saxon but originated in Norse. They (...)

The facial reconstruction of the woman was produced by experts at University of Dundee using CT scans of the woman’s skull.

Scottish police have confirmed the identity of a woman whose dismembered body was found in a shallow grave in Edinburgh on June 6th last. They will no(...)