US president John F Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade in Dallas in November 1963. File photograph: AP Photo/Jim Altgens

US president Donald Trump said on Saturday that, “subject to receipt of further information”, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on (...)

Dale Earnhardt Jr runs a gauntlet of fans with US flags as he is introduced before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 race in Dover. Photograph: Reuters

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s monopoly on Nascar’s most popular driver award has endured for 14 years, about as long as he has competed at the highest level. H(...)

Leo Varadkar with Dick Spring after Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid presentation. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish delegation had made their pitch for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and by all accounts, it had gone very well. So as they sat on the podium in a L(...)

'Any visitor to this country could be forgiven for thinking they were listening to satire.'

George Hook is always at his most unintentionally hilarious when speaking from his loftiest soapbox. Last month, following the Broadcasting Authority (...)

There’s a great story about a janitor that John F Kennedy ran into at Nasa in 1962. When the president asked him, what he was doing, the man said: “I’m helping put a man on the moon.”

Why do so few people find fulfilment in their work? Surveys confirm that meaning is the top thing millennials say they want from a job, and yet so ma(...)

Torch-bearing white nationalists rally around a statue of Robert E Lee, the Confederate general, near the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. Photograph: Edu Bayer/The New York Times

Eight years ago, as the nation’s first black president took office, pundits debated whether Barack Obama’s election marked the rise of a “post-racial (...)

African American student James Meredith walks across the University of Mississippi campus after class amid the stares and jeers of fellow students back in 1962. Photograph: Getty Images

In the fifth part of her series “Coast to Coast: Travels in Trump’s America”, Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch travels to Oxford and Cleveland. (...)

Children from around the country compete in table tennis at the Aldi Community Games Festivals. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The table quiz final at the Community Games is barely two rounds old and already the fat lady has started to clear her throat within earshot of the te(...)

Former US president John F Kennedy: “The informing spirit of the American character has always been a deep religious sense.” Photograph: JFK Library/National Archives/Reuters

July 4th is a religious holiday. For this insight, thank John F Kennedy. On July 4, 1946, Kennedy – then 29 years old, the Democratic nominee for a Ma(...)

Speechwriter Cody Keenan with Barack Obama: Mr Keenan will be speaking at this year’s Kennedy Summer School in Co Wexford. Photograph:  Pete Souza

Former chief White House speechwriter Cody Keenan will join democratic political consultant Bob Shrum and Ian Paisley Jnr as the headline speakers at (...)