Europe is grappling with its biggest migration challenge since World War II, with the main surge coming from civil war-torn Syria. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued 242 people off the Libyan coast on its first humanitarian tasking in the Mediterranean. Th(...)

LE Niamh, with yacht suspected of carrying about €80 million euros  worth of cocaine after it was stormed by an Irish Naval team 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head. Photograph:   Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

The Naval Service ship LÉ Niamh, which has rescued more than 4,100 from the Mediterranean, is due to return to Cork harbour on Friday morning. The shi(...)

Bush Moukarzel in Dead Centre’s Chekhov’s First Play

Chekhov’s First Play Samuel Beckett Theatre **** The name of this theatre company, Dead Centre, also seems spot-on for their latest production, in whi(...)

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 people from the Mediterranean on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 refugees and migrants from the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya during three search and rescue oper(...)

Imogen Stuart and Edna O’Brien: ‘Two amazing women’  being honoured ‘by their peers in the most fitting way possible for artists’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Three artists were today elected to become Saoithe in Aosdána in a ceremony presided over by President Michael D Higgins. Artist Imogen Stuart and wr(...)

A crew member of the Irish Navy vessel LE Niamh holds a baby who was rescued last month. Photograph: Carmelo Imbesi/AP Photo

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh is engaging in the rescue of more than 100 refugees and migrants aboard a number of boats north of Libya after (...)

A young migrant girl holds up a handmade sign outside Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3rd. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said that Ireland’s response to the current refugee crisis in Europe is, and has been, a generous one. There is(...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Michael to film Star Wars Episode VII, last year. Photograph Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a culture that had a strong sense of boundaries and limitations. Fifteen hundred years ago, when (...)

John McGahern: ‘The Dark shines a light into an unsavoury Ireland that many would have preferred to keep hidden at all costs.’ Photograph:  Frank Miller

It is difficult to believe that 50 years have passed since 260 advance copies of John McGahern’s second novel, The Dark, were seized by Irish Customs (...)

What they really mean is “go fail while one of our competitors has funded you, and come back to us when you have gained more experience”

Pat Phelan, founder of Trustev, one of Ireland’s fast-growing start-ups, had an enjoyable rant last week on Twitter about the expansive Irish indus(...)