Roddy Doyle: “Twenty-eight years after I started writing the novels that make up The Barrytown Trilogy, I’m delighted - and proud - that it will be the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2015.” File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy is the official selection for the 2015 Dublin: One City, One Book Festival. The festival encourages people to read a b(...)

Sea gulls gave  sleepless nights to Fianna Fail senator Ned O’Sullivan this summer. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

It is early August and it seems as if this silly news season is stretching as long as the evenings. With that here are the dizzy dozen, the 12 sillies(...)

 Unesco, which awarded the location world heritage status in 1996, has also made inquiries with the National Monuments Service on the filming. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Archaeologist and art historian Dr Niamh Whitfield has said she is “astonished” the State has allowed filming for the latest Star Wars episode on Ske(...)

The Star Wars freighter-turned-fighter brings  Mark Hamill (the original Luke Skywalker) to Skellig Michael today. Warning: The Irish Times cannot verify the authenticity of this photograph (but it’s obviously real).

Filming of scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII begins this afternoon on Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Cast and crew of the upcoming movie – includ(...)

A young rabbit defends itself against a herring gull on Skellig Michael, Co Kerry. Photograph: Michael Kelly

As Skellig Michael braces itself for an encounter with Star Wars film crews, life and death continues on the Unesco world heritage site off the Kerry(...)

Speculation mounting in Co Kerry that Skellig Michael is to be used for a Star Wars 7 shoot. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times 1:25

The OPW has confirmed that a sixth century monastic site is being made available for a film shoot amid mounting speculation this morning that Co Kerry(...)

The latest tourism figures show a worrying drop in the numbers on the island choosing the North as a destination stay.  Photograph: PA

If you live in the Republic and are thinking about taking a little break it’s unlikely you are planning on heading North. The same is true if you live(...)

People come to wash and pray in the Ganges, a major source of pollution in Varanasi, India. Photograph: Graham Crouch/New York Times

The big question on many minds in the Indian city of Varanasi is: how long will the electricity last?Since Narendra Modi was elected prime minister in(...)

Few conductors can claim to have carried out their profession since childhood, but Lorin Maazel, who has died aged 84, made his distinguished debut at(...)

The author of a survey which claims Ireland is the “goodest country” in the world has said he has been deluged with emails from Irish people taking issue with his findings.

The author of a survey claiming Ireland is the “goodest country” in the world has said he has received a deluge of emails from Irish people taking i(...)