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Damian Loftus: “I wanted to prove I had Irish ancestry. When the test came back as 58 per cent Irish, I could say it for sure.”. Loftus went on to discover his great-grandfather was born in Sligo in 1865

Max Sparber grew up in Minnesota with two concrete pieces of information. He knew that he was adopted, and that he was Irish-American. He never questi(...)

Choctaw Nation chief Gary Batton during a visit to Dublin in June 2017.

As the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States get under way this week, this year’s customary visit by the Taoiseach will include a (...)

The Minnesota Lynx raise the Championship trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Sparks in Game Five of the 2017 WNBA Finals  in Minneapolis. Photograph: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

When they tell you sport and politics don’t mix, what they mean to say is the politics I don’t agree with do not mix with the sport I love. While in r(...)

The stigma associated with dementia in particular is the theme of Headspace 2018, a two-day symposium in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on March 2nd and 3rd

“We talked about growing old gracefully And Elsie who’s seventy-four Said, ‘A, it’s a question of being sincere, And B, if you’re supple you’ve nothin(...)

 US president Donald Trump holds his notes while hosting a listening session with student survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House on February 21st, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high(...)

Senior class at Dance Theatre of Ireland, at Bloomfield Centre, Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Loneliness is often described as being more detrimental to older people’s health than physical illness. But not every older person wants to play bridg(...)

Voters casting ballots in San Diego, California, during the 2016 US election. Photograph:  Mike Blake/Reuters

US president Donald Trump is disbanding his controversial voter fraud commission amid infighting, lawsuits and state officials’ refusal to co-operate.(...)

The idea of a cult of busyness and boasting about how busy we are isn’t new. Photograph: Paul Bradbury/Caiaimage/Getty

I’ve sunk into the corner of my sofa. It’s twilight, but to find the energy to reach over and switch on the lamp feels utterly impossible. I feel like(...)

Visitors take photographs at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, as cold weather continues through much of the province. Photograph: Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press via AP

Bone-chilling cold has gripped the middle of the US, putting paid to some new year’s celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exp(...)

Al Franken walks away from the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Thursday, with his wife, Franni Bryson, after he announced his resignation as senator. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Democratic senator Al Franken bowed to pressure and announced his resignation from the US Senate on Thursday, becoming the second Democratic politicia(...)

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