Shipping Container House: Gordon and Maggie Kelley with their children Gordie (7) and Penny Bell (eight months), at their house built from shipping containers at Ringsend , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Today kicks off Open House Dublin 2017, the annual extravaganza exploring all things architectural. From the Airbnb HQ, to the atmospheric Victorian (...)

American author Henry James in the early 20th century. Photograph: William M Van der Weyde/George Eastman House/Getty Images

Although I often feel that I have been reading him since I was in the cradle, the somewhat embarrassing fact is that I came late to Henry James. It wa(...)

Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

James Joyce is sometimes mistaken for Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes he’s mistaken for a spray-painted mime artist. Passers-by stop and wait for him to cl(...)

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(...)

Readers will have to excuse me this morning. I’m still slightly viral as a result of something I picked up during the Liffey Swim last weekend.  (...)

 Professor John Coolahan,  Sonia O’Sullivan and Labhrás Ó Murchú at the ceremony in DCU where they were awarded Honorary Doctorates. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

She won every major honour on the track and now Sonia O’Sullivan has received another honorary degree - Dublin City University awarding her a Doctor o(...)

The new Oscar Wilde bar which has opened in New York, after a $4 million investment by Irish duo Frank McCole and Tommy Burke

Step inside a new literary haunt in New York and you’ll find 26 clocks that never change time. They are all set at 1.50pm, the time of death of the wr(...)

Conor McGregor attends his after fight party at the Encore Beach Club at Night at Wynn, Las Vegas. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife

View from the US: New York Times journalist Dan Barry on the multi-million dollar fight where nothing was on the line. The world finally had the two (...)

Aiden Harris Igiehon. The Irish teenager was born and raised in Clondalkin, Dublin, and has a basketball scholarship at the Lawrence Woodmere Academy in New York. Photograph: Tom Honan

If we were looking for a single number that would indicate what is genuinely distinctive about Ireland now, the number would have to be 17. (...)

Stamps are another thing I miss about postcards. Photograph: Getty

My dad used to travel a lot for work. After a while I asked him to stop sending me pictures of airports. Another favourite was a blank blue rectangle (...)