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Portrait of Bernard O’Dowd by Will Rowell (circa 1930). The National Library  of Australia

Bernard O’Dowd was Australia’s first national poet. This son of Catholic immigrants from Ulster was born in Australia in 1866. Described as “a radical(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores the crucial try despite James Lowe and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 20 Leinster 10 The drive for five will have to be resumed next year. Leinster gave it the good fight, defending heroically and they kept pr(...)

 Award winners Yusra Mardini and Sarah Mardini during the Bambi Awards at Stage Theater in Berlin, Germany in 2016. File photograph: Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Kryolan

Greece’s high-security Korydallos prison acknowledges that Sara Mardini is one of its rarer inmates. For a week, the Syrian refugee, a hero among huma(...)

Ocean’s 8: one of the big summer movies

The Graham Norton Show Friday, BBC One, 10.45pm Tonight it’s all about the all-female Ocean’s 8 crime caper. On the sofa are Hollywood star Sandra Bul(...)

Walter Becker: the Steely Dan songwriter at the Coachella festival in 2015. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Walter Becker Born: February 20th, 1950 Died: September 3rd, 2017 Walter Becker, the guitarist and songwriter who made suavely subversive pop hits ou(...)

Walter Becker (L) and Donald Fagan with their Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for 'Two Against Nature' in  2001. Photograph: Sam Mircovich/Reuters

Promoter MCD has confirmed the two Steely Dan concerts scheduled for next month are to go ahead despite the death of founder member Walter Becker. B(...)

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An audible sigh of relief was heard around the country at 2pm on Thursday as students opened their English exam paper and found that all the predicted(...)

We once brought “Omelette” to Eyrecourt, Co Galway. Or Hamlet as most people would have known the play. Ours was a scrambled version, though we didn’t(...)

Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway gears up for Cúirt 2016 Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda (...)

Shakespeare’s plays as originally pronounced sounded not only Irish, but positively Oirish in parts

You may recall a skirmish in these pages recently on the subject of how James Joyce and Sean O’Casey spoke, specifically whether their accents sounded(...)

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