The Beerbrewer, by Jost Amman. Records from January 1565 show stone masons working at a quarry in Clontarf, Dublin, were provided with an allowance of 14 pints of ale per day by the proctor of Christ Church Cathedral

You spend years “burrowing away on dusty documents”, then a line in your research – admittedly attention-grabbing – about workers in Ireland in the 16(...)

Images of a brain pre- and post-vagus nerve stimulation. Photograph: Corazzol et al/PA Wire

A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years is showing signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering treatment based on ne(...)

Peter Hall: the late director at the National Theatre  in London in March 1976, just before its first public performance. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central/Getty

Peter Reginald Frederick Hall Born: November 22nd, 1930 Died: September 11th, 2017 Peter Hall, who created the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age o(...)

 Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  said it would be a hugely retrograde step after years of progress if the UK government had to take back direct charge of Northern Ireland. File Photograph: PA

The British government will consider whether to stop paying members of the Northern Ireland Assembly if Ulster politicians fail to reach a deal to res(...)

Image from the Stanford study. Photograph: Stanford University.

Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research suggesting t(...)

Artist Brian O’Doherty: ‘Now that I’ve got less permanent, I would like to do some permanent installations.’ Photograph: George Tatge

In Brian O’Doherty’s studio there is a large photograph dating from 2002. Five figures are posed against a white background: Brian O’Doherty, William (...)

Coffee could have life-prolonging benefits, according to two studies. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and liver disease and a host of other ailments, new research suggests. The findi(...)

Trinity College Library: TCD welcomed its higher ranking which placed it in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland’s top universities are climbing back up international rankings following a decade of cutbacks which meant many of them tumbled down influentia(...)

Britain’s Prince Philip has shocked and sometimes delighted the public with his outspoken comments.  File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who has announced he will retire from royal duties in the Autumn, has perhaps been best known for h(...)

Every time I order a scone these days, I find myself having to do a phonetic double-think. This is because I grew up in a part of Ireland that pronoun(...)