North-South relations: “Despite working in and around Leinster House for more than a decade and studying Irish at school, I’m still self-conscious of my pronunciation of the word ‘Dáil’ and even ‘Taoiseach’.”

The humble Nordie settled south of the Border is often misunderstood. At the risk of adding to the stereotype of the “whingeing Northerner”, I think w(...)

Broascaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna

On Saturday night, I realised that it’s almost exactly 10 years since Ciarán Mac Mathúna’s Mo Cheol Thú aired for the last time, after being a fixture(...)

Parents who can’t afford fee-charging schools are effectively paying for those who are already privileged to go to private schools. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s not unreasonable for students to want the best education possible but do their responsibilities end there? By going to grind schools, or a(...)

Food is life. The madeleine memories it brings are involuntary, deep in your bones. Illustration: Irish Times Premedia

“When all the others were away at Mass I was all hers as we peeled potatoes . . . ” You insist that they read this Seamus Heaney poem at your m(...)

WC Fields’s dictum urging artists to avoid working with children and animals is widely known. It might then strike us as somewhat curious that cert(...)

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys: to make “positive announcement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys will make a “positive announcement” about capital investment for the National Library, “in the coming week”. Ms(...)

Michael Conlan kisses coach Billy Walsh after winning the world bantamweight semi-final. Something that was working got taken apart and destroyed. Photograph: Paul Mohan

A few days after Seamus Heaney died in 2013, there was an Ireland soccer international in Lansdowne. It was against Sweden, right at the fag end of th(...)

Hastings Railway Station by Walter Frederick Osborne: sold for £62,500 at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s much-anticipated Irish art sale in London on Wednesday afternoon didn’t quite live up to expectations, with 26 of the 71 lots remaining unso(...)

Kevin Comerford and Ruth Byrne Kevin (29) who works for Northern Trust and primary school teacher Ruth (29) were set up on a blind date by friends (...)

When Faber & Faber announced its publication of TS Eliot’s narrative poem The Waste Land in a sumptuous digital edition, in 2011, it was a land(...)