Yomiko (centre), in a Poppy Ivory Fine Lace Bridal Gown with Delicate Scatter Beadwork, with Karen Fitzpatrick (left), in a Lilianna Orchid Silk Organza Digital Print Dress  and Sarah Morrisey, in a Pari Ivory Crepe Tunic with Petal Embroidered Sleeves  and Crista Red Capri Trs, all part of the Louise Kennedy Spring Summer Collection 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Japanese woodblock print of cherry blossoms on a card from the Chester Beatty Library shop was the starting point for Louise Kennedy’s spring collec(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping (right, back) look on as Prof Mark Ferguson of Science Foundation Ireland and Prof Yang Wei of the Natural Science Foundation of China exchange documents during a signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People last week. Photograph: Greg Baker/EPA

I was privileged to attend an event in Shanghai this week hosted by the Consul General of Ireland, Austin Gormley. The reception formed part of Presid(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and China’s president Xi Jinping  inspect honour guards inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

President Michael D Higgins yesterday spoke of Ireland’s past and present contributions to the globe’s intellectual life and matters of trade as the m(...)

President Michael D. Higgins is on a week-long visit to China. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins shared a stage with musician Sharon Shannon and her band, the poet Paula Meehan, erhu player Sun Huang and cellist Zhao Xu(...)

Protesters hold a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 2009, after a Chinese court had handed down an 11-year sentence on subversion charges after he had called for sweeping political reforms. The Nobel Peace Prize winner remains in prison. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

When President Michael D Higgins shakes the hand of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing next week, the two leaders will have much in commo(...)

President Higgins: “all of us are concerned in addressing the issue of the latest, greatest dreadful challenge to the continent of Africa”

It is important that those countries among the poorest and with the least capacity to deal with the Ebola crisis should be assisted in doing so, Pre(...)

President Michael D Higgins will meet the first minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and the leader of Cardiff Council Cllr Phil Bale on his two day visit.

Ronan McGreevy President Michael D Higgins begins his first official visit to Wales today. The President will meet with the first minister of Wales Ca(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

President Higgins with his wife Sabina on an official visit to Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France, and to First World War commemorations in Liege and Mons, Belgium. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

President Michael D Higgins arrived in Lorient in Brittany yesterday as guest of honour at the Festival Interceltique’s “Year of Ireland”. Culture Ir(...)