Poet Paddy Bushe, sculptor Imogen Stuart and painter Maria Simmonds-Gooding  at the Aosdána general assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The proposal that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens should film on Skellig Michael was made without reference to the Office of Public Works (OPW) (...)

Waterford Spraoi. Photograph: John Loftus

What links Athens, Florence, Paris and Cork? They have all held the title European Capital of Culture. The programme began in 1985, after Melina Merc(...)

At the Madikwe Game Reserve. Photograph: Getty

‘Welcome home”; a South African man in a neighbourhood market takes my hands and, beaming, welcomes me back to the place where all of humankind began(...)

An undated photo of a turtle swimming over bleached coral near Heron Island, in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Catlin Seaview Survey/ The New York Times

Australian scientists say that just seven per cent of the Great Barrier Reef, which attracts around €3.4 billion (A$5 billion) in tourism every year,(...)

Córdoba’s Mosque-Cathedral: its new tourism brochure acknowledges the cathedral’s Islamic past. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Local campaigners in Córdoba are celebrating the end of a long-standing feud with the Catholic Church over the status of the city’s Mosque-Cathedral, (...)

Skellig Michael, off the coast of  Co Kerry. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A boatman has challenged the revocation of permits allowing him to land visitors on the Skellig Michael site off the Co Kerry coast. Sean Feehan has (...)

Hilary Dully: “We were never actually told that they wouldn’t show it, and it was kind of suggested that they would – but not then.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For Tuesday, March 29th, 1994, the TV highlights published in this newspaper listed a UTV programme exploring the phenomenon of stigmata, and BBC1 of(...)

Rubble where Isis explosives levelled walls and most of the Roman columns of the city gate in Palmyra. Syria’s director of antiquities said: “I can give you a promise that we can finish the maximum of the work within five years.” Photographs Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Syria’s director of antiquities Maamoun Abdulkarim is a happy, excited man. He asks me to step around the corner of his desk in his office in the Nati(...)

Former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark looking on during a forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at the OECD headquarter in Paris, France. Ms Clark, the current administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will run for the position of UN secretary-general in the 2016 election. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark will run for secretary-general of the United Nations, the world’s top diplomatic post. Ms Clark, (66), (...)

Valletta skyline at sunset with the Carmelite Church dome and St Paul’s cathedral. A world-heritage site, Unesco calls this time-warp city “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”

The first thing that can strike you about Malta, a tiny island in the Mediterranean approximately 17 miles long and nine miles wide, are the sheer num(...)