Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan with Cllr John King at the plaque unveiling   to commemorate the bravery of Lance-Sgt Jack Moyney VC,  in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Protestants have been given direct assurance by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan that there will be “careful planning and most sensitive handling(...)

100 years ago this week L-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney,  won the VC for an extraordinary act of endurance.

One hundred years ago this week Lance-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney, Co Laois won the Victoria Cross (VC) for an extraordinary act of endurance. H(...)

David Hockney with his redesigned masthead for a one-off edition of the Sun newspaper. The artist gave qualified approval for Brexit: “The power has spread to the people because that’s what the iPhone has done.” Photograph: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

A giant David Hockney retrospective, which opened at Tate Britain on Thursday, is the fastest-selling exhibition in the gallery’s history, with 20,000(...)

Karl Jenkins: one critic has described him as classical music’s “Marmite Man”

For several weeks recently, my Dublin neighbourhood was mystified (or at least I was mystified on its behalf) by a daily broadcast of the Muslim call (...)

Protesters call for a hard Brexit near 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Listening to Theresa May’s big Brexit speech last week, I remembered that the English have a taste for heroic failure. Their favourite poem, Rudyard K(...)

Loughton House, a 13-bedroom Georgian mansion in Moneygall, Co Offaly

Dr James Reilly chuckles like “Bottler” as he recalls the first night he slept in “The King’s Bed” at his newly-acquired country mansion. And, no, not(...)

The GAA has been smart in it’s guidelines which divide participants up into three very distinct areas: the child, youth and adult. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

It’s that time of the year again. Summer holidays almost here. No school. And summer camps which cater for a wide range of interests. The GAA is up th(...)

Everyman Theatre, Cork ★★★★ There’s very little left of Rudyard Kipling in this Metta Theatre version of The Jungle Book, staged as part of the C(...)

When Marco Tardelli put Italy 2-0 up against West Germany with just 21 minutes left to play in the 1982 World Cup Final, he broke into a semi-ci(...)

Writing Observe the Sons of Ulster was an eye-opener for Frank McGuinness, a Catholic republican

In 1985, as the Troubles ground mercilessly on, the memory of the first World War was still a source of division. In the Republic there was a willed (...)