Rugby fans Kim Somers from Co Meath and Fidelma McGeachy from Co Tipperary watching the World Cup game between Russia and Ireland in Doheny & Nebitts, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The performance never threatened to turn a restrained mid-morning pub session into a party

Japanese rugby fans  at the Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi on Saturday. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Green army joins home supporters’ celebrations – and learns how to cross the road

 Japan’s supporters cheer during the Rugby World Cup victory over Ireland at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Fukuroi, Japan. Photograph: Jiji Press/EPA

Irish supporters in good spirits despite defeat after friendliest of meetings off the field

Spectators at Ireland’s opening match fixture against Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

‘Fukuroi’ sounds like something Mick McCarthy might have said at another World Cup

 General view of Ireland fans in the stands during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Our ability to materialise on any foreign field must be in running for ninth wonder of world

PJ Heffernan and his wife Maureen  left Connemara a month ago in a ‘03 registered Chrysler to drive  to Yokohama in Japan for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup clash with Scotland on Sunday. Photo: ConnemaratoYokohama/Instagram.

Hong Kong airport becomes Limerick Junction of Asian air travel ahead of Scotland clash

Iain Henderson and CJ Stander arrive at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Frank McNally recalls lavish 1988 trip as he prepares to report on this year’s tournament

‘I found myself among the speakers on a panel at Worldcon 2019, an extraordinary event that has brought thousands of sci-fi enthusiasts to Ireland from all over the world’.

Important principles from the catechism of cliché and a parallel development

George Orwell: ‘Marx discovered to be very lousy, ears full of nits, no doubt owing to the hot weather.’ Photograph: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Marx repeated something his friend Friedrich Engels had just written about Hegel

Young Irelander John Mitchel wrote witheringly years later of how England ‘sent round the hat all over the globe’. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

Was Polish Count Pawel Strzelecki a spy for the British government?

Jockey Davy Russell  and Dublin hurler Chris Crummy give jockey Ruby Walsh his jersey before the start of the eighth annual Hurling for Cancer Research,  in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, in St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Hurling for Cancer Research brings more than 6,000 fans to St Conleth’s Park

Famine victims: a peasant family in The Life and Times of Queen Victoria, from 1900. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty

Government decisions were in accordance with grim teachings of Thomas Malthus

Unlike other sporting bodies, the IRFU stayed together after partition, but the anthem issue always rankled with players from an Ulster Unionist background, leading to Phil Coulter writing Ireland’s Call. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho.

Frank McNally looks at the challenges that could arise if North and South joined forces

 Blindboy Boatclub: listed Flann O’Brien as one of his great heroes, alongside “Bob Dylan and Tom Waits”

At Swim-Two-Birds pays extended homage to the number 3 with three beginnings, three ends and a similar number of plots in between

 A battering ram is used to break into a house on the estate of Captain Hector Vandeleur in Co  Clare, during an eviction of tenants for the non-payment of rent in 1888. The tenants have stuffed foliage in the doors and windows to hinder entry. Photograph:  Sean Sexton/Getty Images

Evictions combined with advent of photojournalism brought ram under spotlight

Con Ó Drisceoil is among Ireland’s leading practitioners of the comic ballad, an ancient art form. Photograph: from the cover of his book, Hunting the Hair, courtesy of TG4/Gradam Ceoil

Irishman's Diary: Musicians bumped into each other on my desk via respective books

Frances Street in Kilrush, Co Clare. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

An Irishman’s Diary: Frances Vandeleur was given Frances Street as a wedding present

The “Earl of Rone” is presumed to refer to Hugh O’Neill (c1550–1616), aka the Earl of Ty-rone.  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

An Irishman’s Diary: The festival was banned in 1837 after a man fell to his death during the debauches

‘As for the travails of Monaghan GAA supporters, I would hesitate to compare the seven years we had Malachy O’Rourke (above) as manager –a period that ended last Saturday night – with the time James Stockdale spent in the Hanoi Hilton. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Defining event of Stockdale’s life was the time he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam

Michael Davitt (above) named Martin Hanley Carey  among inmates who became ‘oblivious to their sufferings from temporary insanity’. Photograph:  Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The motivation for Irish participation was humanitarian, in large part

 Bernard Arnault: Even the man who owns Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dom Pérignon, and other luxury brands must have gone to school post-natally like the rest of us. Photograph:  Christophe Archambault / AFP /Getty Images

When the start of a sentence loses touch with the end

“GK Chesterton was certainly no ascetic, enjoying cigars and alcohol as well as food. Unlike most saints, he was also happily married.”

An Irishman’s Diary on the English novelist who was a ‘friendly enemy’ to Shaw

George Orwell: his novel 1984, published 70 years ago today, contains what has been dubbed “one of the strangest coincidences in literature”. Photograph: Getty Images

Orwell's 1947 essay 'Towards European Unity' is still relevant today

Peter Doyle and Walt Whitman, circa 1869. Photograph: Courtesy of William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Trent Collection.

Irishman's Diary: Born 200 years ago, Peter Doyle was poet's lifelong companion

Yumi Katsura: ‘When I met Grace Kelly (above), I understood the real meaning of “elegant”  as a verb.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Antimeria sounds like a female relative of a certain age who bosses everyone around

Exiled in Paris, Joseph Roth  foresaw the grim future, writing to his friend and benefactor Stefan Zweig: ‘It will have become clear to you now that we are drifting towards a great catastrophe.’ Photograph: Getty Images 

An Irishman’s Diary: Geneva Convention and Radetsky March are part of its legacy

Jamie Dornan (right) in the  war drama, The Siege of Jadotville.

Sister of 16-year-old solider tells Trinity audience how her brother never fully recovered

Crack/craic: William Shakespeare would have put a K in it. Image: Painting known as the ‘Chandos portrait’/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

An Irishman’s Diary: The bard’s ‘cracker’ was somebody who talked big

In his book on the life of V V Giri (above), Irish Days, Indian Memories, Conor Mulvagh notes that the cafe on Dublin’s Henry Street was watched closely by police and their agents. Photograph from the cover of the book, published by Irish Academic Press

An Irishman’s Diary on a historic Henry Street premises

The sign over Dublin’s Lord Edward Pub (a fine old establishment itself, by the way), opposite Christchurch, is considered by Paddy Cullivan considered to be a crime against art. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An Irishman’s Diary takes a sideways look at 1798 commemorations

As for the general pandemic of I-word abuse, its effect on us allergy sufferers is grievous, even in the context of a story like the one from Paris, where the adjective would ordinarily have been useful. Above, a damaged section of Notre-Dame Cathedral after Monday’s fire. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

‘It didn’t help that the Notre Dame fire was an event unusually worthy of the word’

If there is any consolation in this week’s disaster, it’s that much of what was destroyed, including the spire, dated only from the reconstruction that started in 1841. Photograph: Yoan Valat/ EPA

I watched the sad TV pictures as if from the bookstore Shakespeare & Co, on the Seine’s left bank

If any songbird deserves a joint writing credit for Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the ortolan bunting is the one. Photograph: Getty Images

The Brexit Yellowhammer connection and a bird of a different feather

 Sean Cox’s wife Martina meets Mick McCarthy, Robbie Keane and President Michael D Higgins at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liverpool and Ireland heroes of yesteryear in united display of solidarity at fundraiser

Members of the Odorikko dance group enjoy a walk on the grounds of Farmleigh House ahead of their show at the Japanese Hanami festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ritual of Senkotsu requires the family to reassemble, disinter the body, and wash the bones

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