Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and  and Prof John J. Walsh have been awarded gold medals by the Royal Irish Academy for their respective contributions to psychology and geology. Photo: John T Ohle Photography.

Irish academics Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and Prof John J. Walsh have been awarded gold medals by the Royal Irish Academy for their “world-renowned cont(...)

“On closer inspection, the bearded Irishman also turned out to be a preacher”

Booking a hotel in London for the rugby weekend, and bewildered by the multiplicity of choices, I opted for a place in Ealing. It was a spur-of-the-mo(...)

Ian Lloyd Anderson (Jack) and Kate Stanley Brennan  (Nora) in  ‘The Plough and the Stars’ by Sean O’Casey.  Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In 1910, George Bernard Shaw wrote a short comedy called The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, which was to be performed as a fundraiser for a campaign to est(...)

RC Sherriff: survived the war and wrote ‘Journey’s End’ in 1928

In the early spring of 1918, British soldiers on the Western Front waited anxiously and with mounting trepidation for the German assault they knew was(...)

Maj Robert Gregory: Yeats’s ‘Airman’ was one of the most famous Irish casualties of the first  World War

The poet WB Yeats managed to distil the dilemma of Irish nationalist servicemen in the British forces into just two lines in his great poem An Irish A(...)

Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev recently ordered that his country’s language dump its modified Cyrillic script in favour of the Latin alphabet. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Endangered apostrophe

These are uncertain times for the humble apostrophe – those suspended squiggles rejected by George Bernard Shaw as “uncouth bacilli” and dismissed by (...)

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minster for Culture Josepha Madigan, and Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Youth and Sport at the inaugural Creative Ireland Forum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwell

National cultural institutions and infrastructure such as the National Library and Abbey Theatre can expect to see their biggest capital investment si(...)

There is no bad way to see the Skelligs, any angle you approach them from demonstrates their sheer absurdity, but doing so from the air is exhilarating, awe-inspiring and ridiculously opulent. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

“And down there is where Rey met Luke Skywalker for the first time,” says Naoise Barry of Aerial Adventure over the roar of the helicopter’s engine. W(...)

Gabriel Byrne and Ralph Fiennes in ‘My Astonishing Self’

My Astonishing Self (RTÉ1, Wednesday, 9.35pm) is a documentary about the many transformations of George Bernard Shaw, began with the long and slender (...)

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The actor Gabriel Byrne has spoken out about the climate of sexual harassment he encountered while working in RTÉ during the 1970s. In an interview (...)

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