Writing Observe the Sons of Ulster was an eye-opener for Frank McGuinness, a Catholic republican

In 1985, as the Troubles ground mercilessly on, the memory of the first World War was still a source of division. In the Republic there was a willed a(...)

Rudyard Kipling  Photograph: Getty Images

In an entertaining if racist short story from 1891, Rudyard Kipling has his narrator visit a tiny Himalayan kingdom, between India and Tibet, where th(...)

Darina Allen examines chillies at a market stall during her visit to Myanmar

I spent a couple of weeks in Myanmar recently and was enchanted. Despite living through war and dictatorship, the people are warm, welcoming and cour(...)

Honed down to essentials: ‘Woods’ by Ed Miliano, who says the ideas behind Japanese design are as much about living as they are about making

Painstaking, time consuming, spiritual? Splashy flashy Manga mixtures? Big eyed Anime? And what about schoolgirl kitsch? Japan is an enigma, but a hig(...)

Casablanca (1942)
Ten great movie bromances

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: From best mates to bromances - All week on irishtimes.com/life-and-style, we take a closer look at friendship Sometimes a buzz ph(...)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission says it made right call in 1992 to change the name on a headstone from an unknown Irish Guards lieutenant to that of Lieut John Kipling.

The grave of Irish Guards Lieut John Kipling, the son of writer Rudyard Kipling, is correctly identified, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC(...)

August 1960: George Harrison (second right), Paul McCartney (centre),   Stuart Sutcliffe (fourth left) and Pete Best (right)  of the Beatles’ then current line-up, with members of their touring party, at the Arnhem-Oostberbeek War Cemetery, the Netherlands,  as the band journeyed from Liverpool to Hamburg. File photograph: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Researchers claim to have discovered the first World War grave of the grandfather of former Beatle George Harrison in northern France. Pte Henry Harr(...)

A picture of Kate Steinle is set up at a Senate hearing last week. The 32-year-old was allegedly shot by an immigrant who had been deported to Mexico five times. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Pier 14 is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in San Francisco, jutting out next to the Bay Bridge that connects the city to Oakland and Berkeley(...)

British author  Rudyard Kipling. Photograph: EO Hoppe/MansellGetty Images

When the first World War broke out in August 1914, Rudyard Kipling felt horribly vindicated. The poet of Empire believed Britain’s army was pitifully (...)

From left: Kyoto vase (1875-1980); and Nagoya vases (1900-1910 and 1912-1926). Images: copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Blame mass production, perhaps, but the processes by which once unique, costly and highly specialised objects can now be enjoyed by everyone, have (...)