‘For all Vienna’s grand architecture and delightful bicycle lanes, it seems an unlikely spot to top any chart of most exciting cities.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Vienna has plenty to recommend it. At the start of the last century – as Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud and Egon Schiele prowled the coffee shops – it st(...)

A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Easter Rising was a “world historical event”and not just an Irish affair, a conference has been told. Prof Luke Gibbons of NUI Maynooth said the p(...)

When you have reached that difficult moment of emotional crisis where you’ve decided to reach out to a psychology professional, you will probably l(...)

Smythson, a very British brand whose famous past fans include Katharine Hepburn, Sigmund Freud and Hardy Amies, has an Irish design director with s(...)

Who is Red Bastard? That’s simple: he’s a whore and a fascist. What does he do? He does something very interesting every 10 seconds. How does he do(...)

Rebecca Reid: Stephen King brought fiction to life for me. He creates unrealistic worlds and puts them in your reality. That is just mesmerising

Rebecca Reid is the author of Thickets Wood (published on May 1st by Liberties Press), a psychological thriller, the sequel to her self-published e(...)

Sean Moncrieff on TV3 game show Crossfire. Photograph: Brian McEvoy/TV3 2:09

Sean Moncrieff is punctual and thin – very thin. He has the same sandwich for lunch every day: chicken and coleslaw. He seems a bit wary that t(...)

It was the year before the Great War, so named because it was vast in its upheaval; it marked the death of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and redrew the (...)

Jeremy Renner (left) in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

What do the following couples have in common: The troubled young bartender from Leeds who shares a dingy flat and a dreadful history with her junk foo(...)

Willow the cocker spaniel scrambles on to the lap of an elderly woman, and nestles in for a cuddle, her silky paws resting gently on the woman’(...)