Tom Crean: he faced mountainous seas and Antarctic blizzards

The Easter Rising was not the only historic event launched by Irishmen on April 24th, 1916. There was at least one other notable exploit begun that da(...)

Returning to base having deployed a water-based drone to take multiple scientific measurements

Arriving in South Georgia, I can only imagine what Tom Crean and the rest of the crew of the James Caird felt when they made landfall on this bleak a(...)

Andrews Lane Theatre: in a central location between Trinity Street and Exchequer Street, it premiered plays by Maeve Binchy and Roddy Doyle. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Andrews Lane Theatre in central Dublin has been acquired for €4.4 million by a consortium of private investors led by Adrian Shanagher’s Firebreak Hos(...)

A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers led by Ernest Shackleton  was stranded in ice thousands of miles away on the Antarctic. Photograph: Scott Polar Research Institute/University of Cambridge/PA.

A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers was stran(...)

Explorer Ernest Shackleton made three expeditions to the Antarctic, but is best known for the ‘Endurance’ expedition of 1914-1916 when the ship became trapped in the ice and Shackleton and five colleagues made an epic journey to South Georgia to seek rescue. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty Images)

Eugene Furlong hasn’t trimmed his beard in months and has tried not to wash too much, in preparation for a special night out. Dressing “down” rather (...)

Rush golf club in north county Dublin, where Vinny struggled to find the fairways

Vinny Fitzpatrick always got a big buzz from the year-ending turkey shoot outing of the Soiled and Ancient Golf Society. He loved the scramble format,(...)

Gareth Thomas paved the way for other gay athletes to feel sufficiently emboldened to also come out. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rugby fever – and, with it, autumn – is about to sweep through the Old World and, with immaculate timing, Guinness have unveiled two riveting and b(...)

 Members of the G-JINX Twister aerobatic display team perform  to a huge crowd  during the Bray Air Display last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bray Summerfest this weekend features the annual free air display on Sunday at 2pm. Other events playing out over Saturday and Sunday include the Summ(...)

From left, Mary Hickson of Cork Opera House, Julie Kelleher of the Everyman Palace Theatre, and Lorraine Maye of Cork Midsummer festival, at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Mary Hickson, chief executive of Cork Opera House, has a powerful gut. Right now it is telling her that the future will be exciting, but it won’t b(...)

Paul O’Connell runs out at the Millennium Stadium for the Ireland Captain’s Run ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So many expeditions. The 100th cap is mere reminder of the plunging depths of service, the soaring peaks of achievement, so high they will never be re(...)