English harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock, who will turn 70 in December, presents a personal journey through 200 years of harpsichord music. The star(...)

Umberto Eco: moved with ease from medieval aesthetics to contemporary cartoon strips. Photograph: AP Photo/Luca Bruno.

Umberto Eco, who has died aged 84, was a polymath of towering cleverness. His novels combined cultural influences ranging from TS Eliot to the Charlie(...)

Ivanovich Gorbatov  faces danger from three top-class fillies in Saturday’s Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The gambled-on Triumph Hurdle favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov could have to overcome ‘Girl Power’ if he is to successfully advertise his Cheltenham fest(...)

Topics you voted on ranged from the legalisation of marijuana to your favourite James Bond, as well as the link between red meat and cancer, the Web Summit and the decriminalisation of abortion.

Over the course of the year tens of thousands of Irish Times readers have voted in polls on our leading stories, with some of the results proving to b(...)

Scottish writer and acclaimed poet William McIlvanney. Photograph: Getty Images

William McIlvanney, who has died aged 79, grew into the title “the godfather of tartan noir” – the term for Scottish crime fiction – though it was not(...)

A model poses with a 12.03 carats cushion-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond mounted on a ring at Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva. The “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million). Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The rare and flawless “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million) to a Hong Kong buyer on Wednesday, setting a world record(...)

Edna O’Brien: Doesn’t think she could have written so much had she been married. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg/Rex

Edna O’Brien, once Ireland’s most scandalous woman, arrives in the lobby of the Merrion Hotel and praises a scent that she traces to an arrangement of(...)

 Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell): “He is said to have wept because there were no more worlds left to conquer. The rest of us would have sighed with relief and had a nice cup of tea.”

Does money make you happy? Does it really? If I were to shout this at any average human as I passed them in my Lamborghini, they would be within their(...)

John Buckley is one of the most fastidious craftsmen, and the orchestra gives him the greatest palette

The featured composer for the last of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Horizons concerts (NCH, February 3rd) was John Buckley who compiled a c(...)

Ben Bradlee: the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its coverage of Watergate. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Sir Anthony O’Reilly has paid tribute to his friend Ben Bradlee the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its covera(...)