The increase will  be used to begin the planning process for the replacement of the Naval Service’s flagship vessel LÉ Eithne (above, on a rescue operation in the Mediterranean) with a new multi-role ship. Photographs: Irish Defence Forces

The replacement of the Naval Service’s flagship vessel and several of the Air Corps’ aircraft are provided for in the defence allocation for Budget 20(...)

Darragh Conboy and John Connolly of Hazel Mountain Chocolate

The Burren’s Wild Honey Inn this week became the first pub in Ireland to win a Michelin star. With an appetite for sourcing fresh produce from indigen(...)

Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

James Joyce is sometimes mistaken for Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes he’s mistaken for a spray-painted mime artist. Passers-by stop and wait for him to cl(...)

Out of the corner of her mouth, she goes, “I will never, ever forgive you for this, Ross.”

The old dear looks confused. She’s like, “Where are you taking me?” Or maybe she’s just hammered. There’s a hum off her breath that could put a hole (...)

Don’t forget physical exercise – just 15 minutes every day can help your mental fitness

What is fitness? It is something of an all-encompassing term, one with a plethora of different definitions. Personally, it comes down to what a Nazi-e(...)

Pippa Middleton and  husband James Matthews: stayed at the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff,  for the wedding of  college friend Camilla Campion-Awwad to Oliver Jenkinson. Photograph:  Provision

Tayto crisp sandwiches at midnight and a picnic on sub-tropical Garnish Island were some of the highlights of a weekend in west Cork for Pippa Middlet(...)

The cover of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. “It may be not be far from the truth to say that the Beatles were exponents of what is known as Christian humanism.”

On June 25th, 1967, three weeks after the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles heralded a great leap forward in communications(...)

 For visual artists, one  stand-by for income has traditionally been teaching, whether part-time or full-time

What happened this week? Last Monday Leo Varadkar and Heather Humphries launched an initiative to make it easier for artists and writers to access so(...)

Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings, Dublin, for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Enda Kenny’s period of over six years and three months in the Department of Taoiseach will come to an end when his successor, Leo Varadkar, takes up o(...)

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)