Patrick Honohan was governor of the Central Bank of Ireland from 2009-2015. Photograph: James Forde

The prospects of Kilmacud Crokes in the approaching Leinster semi-finals. A home defeat of the Irish football team by Norway, despite an early penalty(...)

Helena Molony (1883–1967), actor, republican, trade unionist, and feminist, was born on January 15th, 1883, at 8 Cole’s Lane, off Henry Street in Dubl(...)

Kathleen Lynn was born on January 28th, 1874, in Mullafarry, near Cong in Co Mayo, the second oldest of three daughters and one son of Robert Lynn, Ch(...)

The editors of the four volumes of the Cambridge History of Ireland, professors James Kelly, Jane Ohlmeyer, Brendan Smith and Thomas Bartlett at the book’s launch in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Mark Stedman

President Michael D Higgins has expressed “deep and profound concern” that history will no longer be a core subject at Junior Certificate level. Spea(...)

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Opening the Oxford and Cambridge English bookshop in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015 as the war in that country raged on was a risky business venture (...)

The Buddhist centre of Dzogchen Beara in Co Cork offers stunning views of Bantry Bay. Photograph: Photographicmemory.ie

Getting time away on your own is, for lots of us, the dream break – but a solo trip can be hard to justify. It can feel selfish, especially during the(...)

Samuel Beckett  (1906-1989) at a first night performance. ‘I am not long for this world. No great loss.’ Photograph: Hulton Getty

‘The Digested Read’ is a satirical column by ‘Guardian’ critic John Crace, who parodies new books by summarising them in the writing style of their a(...)

Irish people were planning to spend an average of €544 on presents this year, according to Eir. Photograph: Thinkstock

Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Spendy Sunday. The proof we needed that Christmas is more about rampant consumerism than the baby Jesus or cele(...)

Hard-edged words to do with business have come to the fore at Christmas time, it seems. Words associated with consumerism such as sales, spend, shopping and retailers are among the most commonly used in connection with the festive season, researchers for Cambridge University Press say. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

People no longer talk the same way as they traditionally did about Christmas, language researchers for Cambridge University Press (CUP) have (...)

Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On a shelf in the office of Chris Morash, the new Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin, sits the head of a troll. In ter(...)

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