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DIY diplomats: Songs from the Fever Ship lyricist Eamon Carr, singer-songwriter Eamonn Dowd and album curator John Fleming walk by the quays of the Garonne in Bordeaux. Photograph: Killian Ginnity

The boat cuts along the swirling Garonne towards the Cité du Vin. En route: the Bourse as a badge of a bourgeois town. Invisible from the quayside is (...)

The term gammon has  been directed towards the sort of blazer-wearing knuckle-brain who disapproves of women in the golf club bar and feels that no Brexit can be hard enough. Photograph: iStock

I am happy to announce that the DUP have been standing up for me. More than that. The MP for the very constituency in which I grew up has defended the(...)

Barry McKinley in Paris: a doctor poked a finger under my ribs and said, “You do realise that the liver is supposed to be an internal organ?”

I quit drinking in New York City on January 1st, 2003. I was a regular feature in half the Irish bars in Manhattan, always paid my tab and tipped well(...)

Leonard Nimoy as Spock in “Star Trek”

It is apt that Star Trek should be celebrating its 50th birthday this year, alongside certain other anniversaries that have been heavily commemorated (...)

Far, far away... Star Trek Enterprise and its computer’s wise female voice

At last week’s re:publica IRL! event in Dublin, a one-day conference on digital society brought to Ireland by the organiser’s of Berlin’s big, annual (...)

The ESA Space Solutions Centre said firms applying for the €50,000 seed funding do not necessarily have to develop products for use in space but can also use technologies developed for space to solve challenges on Earth.

The number of Irish companies working in the space sector is expected to grow from 50 to over 80 by 2020 generating revenues that are predicted to gro(...)

Mercedes’ innovative concept is supposedly made up entirely of photovoltaic cells – effectively making the G-Code one giant, mobile solar panel.

It’s been a bit of a classic case of on-again, off-again. First, Mercedes started dropping major hints it would make an ultra-compact sport utility ve(...)