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Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

It was very wet that evening in Knock on August 21st, 1879, 140 years ago today, when 15 local people saw the apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John t(...)

US president Donald Trump: ‘Denmark carries Greenland at  great loss and strategically for the United States it would be very nice’. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering an attempt to buy Greenland for strategic reasons, though he said the idea was “not number one on the bur(...)

Visual artist Patrick Bolger and sociologist Dr Maria Quinlan at  the launch of  ‘I Am One in Four’,  an exhibition of photographs and words produced by people who have experienced childhood sexual violence.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

An exhibition of photographs and words produced by eight people who have experienced childhood sexual violence was launched at Dublin’s Civic Council (...)

Modern Botany founders Simon Jackson and John Murray.

Young Irish companies are using a combination of nature’s bounty and science to develop innovative products for the growing international natural skin(...)

Hugh Bonneville on location in Israel for the RTÉ co-produced documentary ‘Countdown to Calvary’

An RTÉ television documentary in which actor Hugh Bonneville explores the origins of Easter has secured a series of international sales, RTÉ Programme(...)

University of Limerick: “The president of UL has also been on the record in acknowledging that suspending employees for over two years is not acceptable management practice”

Shortcomings in human resources and management practices at the University of Limerick are sharply criticised in a soon-to-be-published review into al(...)

Eoin Sweeney: as captured in the  front page photograph of The Irish Times on January 5th, 1969

Eoin Sweeney, who had died aged 69, was an economist by training and polymath by nature who was known for his boundless energy and his single-minded d(...)

Jonas Nay stars as Martin Rauch or “Moritz Stamm” (his spy name) in Cold War thriller ‘Deutschland 83’

A new-year email arrives from Channel 4 with the subject line “Meet Walter”. Inside there’s a pencilled illustration of a dapper figure explaining tha(...)

David Lane: a   “surgeon’s surgeon” who operated on many doctors and other surgeons. He was also oboist with the Dublin Baroque Players

David Lane, who has died aged 88, was an outstanding and admired Dublin surgeon and an accomplished musician. He spent his working career in what is (...)

Sidse Babett Knudsen as Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg in ‘Borgen’. Photograph: Mike Kollöffel/DR.

Danish public-service broadcaster DR has long since moved on from Borgen, the political drama it ran on DR1 for three series between 2010 and 2013. Bu(...)

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