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The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 lands at cultural moment very different from the original

Arriving mere weeks after the inauguration in 2017 of Donald Trump as US president, The Handmaid’s Tale was the right show at the right time. Its warn(...)

Clare Island whiskey maker Carl O’Grady and The Dolphin, the island’s former ferry and now a whiskey maturing vessel, overlooked by Grace O’Malley’s Castle. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

I’m hunkered down with Clare Island man Carl O’Grady inside the cramped hold of a 36ft-long, timber-hulled boat tied to a buoy in the middle of the is(...)

When writing Diving for Pearls, Jamie O’Connell felt a shared experience of being born a certain way and being told that it was repulsive throughout  childhood.

I was 21 when I met my mother for the first time in 15 years. We met in a cafe just off St Patrick’s Street in Cork. It was at the height of the Celti(...)

Total external revenues jumped by 2 per cent to £709 m  in the three months to March 31st despite pandemic restrictions throughout the period this year. Photograph: iStock

ITV has said it is “cautiously optimistic” about its recovery in the year ahead after a rebound in advertising sales in recent months. The broadcaste(...)

According to Kelly, most of us can expect to be able to trace our lineage back to the early to mid-1800s.  Photograph: Getty

A number of years ago, Helen Kelly was walking past the Shelbourne hotel on her way to work when she had a brainwave. “I thought, ‘Hmm, lovely hotel. (...)

Disability and Traveller campaigner Rosaleen McDonagh. Photograph: Tom Honan

Close friends and family know there’s a deep shadow of sadness that hangs over me. Despite my achievements, there is one area in my life that remains (...)

John Scottus  primary school in Rathmichael, Co Dublin, which has emphasis on outdoor play and learning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a damp, cold day and the children of John Scottus primary school are tramping through a forest in their wellies, hats and muddy overalls to an ou(...)

Dervla Kirwan  plays Val Ahern, who has had enough of her slimy, philandering husband Denis. But did she kill him?

Smother, RTÉ’s new psychological thriller written by former Mr Selfridge show-runner Kate O’Riordan, is a long way from perfect. There are too many ch(...)

Ice storm: some Texans were left with only snow to cook and clean with. ‘It’s like: every man for himself,’ my brother-in-law said. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

The first flurries came on Valentine’s Day, a steady, wispy snowfall, like a socially distanced blizzard. A brutal wave of Covid-19 had just crested (...)

Kay McNulty: had to learn English in the US before attending school as her family had been Irish speaking

A young woman from the Donegal Gaeltacht was at the centre of the development of computer technology but her major contribution was sadly not recognis(...)

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