Bikers working for food-delivery service Deliveroo enter a restaurant to pick up meals they will deliver in Paris. Photograph:  Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Digital platforms that use crowdsourcing to get the people they need to provide services such as riding, sharing and food delivery have proliferated o(...)

A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity was necessary to correct Ireland’s public finances, but it was not responsible for the rapid recovery of the country’s economy subsequently,(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster posing for a portrait at her party’s headquarters a day after deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigned. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Surrounded by DUP delegates as they sang “Arlene’s on fire” up on stage with their new heroine at their party conference in Belfast last October, Demo(...)

Many surnames have been around for centuries. Photograph: Tetra Images/Getty

“What’s in a name?” Juliet asked as she and Romeo tried to puzzle their way around the troubling problem of their warring families. Well, plenty, the (...)

Christopher Marlowe: collaborated with Shakespeare

The long-held suggestion that Christopher Marlowe was William Shakespeare is now widely dismissed, along with other authorship theories. But Marlowe i(...)

For Roald Dahl, language was a bendy business, including inventing an entire vocabulary, gobblefunk, for his Big Friendly Giant. Illustration: Quentin Blake courtesy of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate

Can you tell a snozzcumber from a snozzwanger? What would you say to a quogwinkle? And have you ever been (even a tiny bit) biffsquiggled? For the (...)

 People attend a funeral of Omer Can Katar who was killed in a coup attempt on 16 july, at Fatih Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 July 2016. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

What happens in Turkey matters. It is a G20 economy in a sensitive part of the world, sharing borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria. Turkey is an asset to(...)

President Patrick Hillery, acting on the then government’s advice, commuted the sentences of the last men sentenced to death in Ireland to 40 years penal servitude. Photograph: Pat Langan

The last men sentenced to death in Ireland were both released late last year. Michael McHugh and Noel Callan murdered Patrick Morrissey, an unarmed G(...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

THE BEST  No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland by Tom English (Arena Sport, €31.60) Oral histories are tricky to get right. An oral history (...)

William Butler Yeats: the poet bought Thoor Ballylee in 1916. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

The 16th-century Hiberno-Norman tower house once owned by the poet WB Yeats will reopen this summer after the donation of €30,000 by an Irish-American(...)