‘There are ways in which I feel less Irish too: for one thing, I get excited about the prospect of rain.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s been almost two years since we left Ireland for nine months in Australia. Those nine months stretched into a year, and then, just as we were d(...)

Tourism Ireland spent about €65,000 on greening over 120 buildings and monuments worldwide, including the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building as part of an international promotion of our national day. Photograph: Getty Images

Sydney Opera House charged Tourism Ireland more than any other global landmark to “go green” for St Patrick’s Day last year, figures reveal. Tourism I(...)

St Patrick’s Day is an opportunity for Ireland to look outwards to the world, and to share a national celebration on a larger stage in what has now be(...)

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside the Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney.  Photograph: Reuters 1:06

llllllllllNew South Wales Police has confirmed three people have been pronounced dead following the Sydney siege — a 34-year-old man, a 38-year-old wo(...)

Policemen had to strap a harness to a man at the top of the Sydney Opera House yesterday. 0:54

A man who climbed to the top of the Sydney Opera House yesterday had to be rescued by police after spending about an hour on the building’s iconic win(...)

Shanghai’s skyscrapers Shanghai World Financial Center (L), Shanghai Tower (R) and Jin Mao Tower (top) are seen at the financial district of Pudong during Earth Hour in Shanghai  today. Photograph: Carlos Barria /Reuters

Lights will be switched off at several landmark sites across the State at 8.30pm tonight as part of the global environmental initiative Earth H(...)

 Drag Queen Peachy Queen poses from the back of a bus, and prepares to march in the St Patrick’s day parade on behalf of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people for the first time today in  Sydney, Australia. Photograph:   Don Arnold/Getty Images

After last year’s scorching weather for Sydney’s St Patrick’s Day parade - held on the closest Sunday to March 17th - this year a beautiful autumn (...)

Sydney Opera House is among 136 sites that would be affected if current global temperatures rise three degrees in the next 2,000 years, according to new research. Photograph: AP Photo/Russell McPhedran

Some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks – from New York’s Statue of Liberty to Sydney(...)

The Centre Pompidou, in Paris, which Peter Rice helped to design. Photograph:  Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

In January 1977, a few days after the Pompidou Centre, in Paris, opened to the public, Peter Rice, an Irish engineer working on the construction, noti(...)

Video: Peter Rice, the man and his legacy

Peter Rice, a structural engineer from Dundalk, Co Louth, is responsible for helping to construct some of the world’s most famous buildings, including(...)