At Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, Taoiseach Enda  Kenny said Ireland is particularly attuned to the current migrant crisis in Europe, given our history of emigration. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on younger people who emigrated during the economic crisis to return to Ireland to “be the best at home in their own c(...)

Many years ago, Percy French wrote a song about the West Clare Railway which, though it may not have been fast or comfortable, seems to have been a ki(...)


Tend/Liminal Samuel Beckett Theatre ****   Although driven by contrasting aesthetics, both works in this double bill are rec(...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)

Brendan Hope (49), of Springfield Cottages, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, who is  charged with IRA membership, has been returned to custody after surrendering his bail at the Special Criminal Court. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Mullingar man charged with IRA membership has been returned to custody after surrendering his bail at the Special Criminal Court. Brendan Hope (49)(...)

The education of children with no religious belief is a problem for parents. It straddles the rural-urban divide – city schools under the patronage of(...)

We know that it’s better to pick up the phone or – slightly more awkwardly – Skype, Viber or FaceTime

A midnight Whatsapp pings. “Any craic?” It’s your emigrant friend. Maybe she heard Beyoncé’s 2006 hit single Irreplaceable – “oh college break-up dram(...)

Nude Girl Reading by William Orpen will be among the Irish paintings Sotheby’s will auction this autumn in its reinstated Irish Sale

Sotheby’s has signalled confidence in the Irish art market by announcing the relaunch of dedicated Irish art sales in London this autumn. The interna(...)

The Von Trapp family ensemble, with Steven Houghton as Captain von Trapp, in the original The Sound of Music stage show, which comes to Dublin from August 17th

It is 50 years since Julie Andrews threw her arms open and declared the hills alive with the sound of music, but still no one has answered a very i(...)

Fr Aidan McAleenan, a pastor in St Columba’s parish in California became the “accidental voice of a broken Irish community”, according to Kathy Sheridan.

The recent Berkeley tragedy which claimed the lives of six young people highlighted the central role that priests can play in providing comfort and so(...)