Diageo’s “Brewhouse No.4” a new €169 million brewery, at St. James’s Gate, Dublin, is an example of the drink industry’s investment in the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Exports from Ireland’s drinks sector are worth € 1.4 billion, a new report shows, with the drinks manufacturing sector exporting 45 per cent of its to(...)

Irish Roots

Sometimes the current bout of commemorating feels like the Borges parable about the map the same size as the country it depicts. Living through World (...)

President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina at the exhibition. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The pied piper of Hamelin could learn a thing or two from President Michael D Higgins. The fabled piper had to play a flute to get young people to fol(...)

 Kate Madden,  Loreto College St Stephen’s Green, explains her project “Will Eating a Mars Bar increase the Average Speed of a Galloping Pony ?”  to President Higgins, at the opening of the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition at the RDS today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins was welcomed to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition this afternoon like an X Factor winner. He walked about t(...)

 Megan Addie Douglas, Oaklands Community College, Offaly, with her project, Do Wind Turbines Affect People, Animals, or the Environment? at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition at the RDS today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Judging in the 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition gets under way today as almost 1,200 students aged from 12 to 18 descend on the RDS. (...)

Only God Forgives

When Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest baroque folly burst its boils over an expectant audience at Cannes, one sensed heaves of disappointment issuing fro(...)

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Only God Forgives: "I make films about the things that arouse me"

It comes as little surprise to find Nicolas Winding Refn, the director behind Only God Forgives – Cannes 2013’s most divisive, obtuse film – in divisi(...)

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, his second successful collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn after 2011’s Drive

It seems only right and proper that the most talked about film in the run-up to this year’s Festival de Cannes would, in turn, become the most cont(...)