File image of actor Daniel Day-Lewis posing with his Oscar for best actor for his role in ‘Lincoln’, in Hollywood, California, the US. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is to retire from acting, it has been announced. The surprising news came in a statement to Variety magazine from his representat(...)

A warning about the level of infant mortality among illegitimate children in Northern Ireland was sounded in 1945. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A warning about the level of infant mortality among illegitimate children in Northern Ireland was sounded in 1945. The warning on the Church of (...)

It’s World Cucumber Day today – and just to show we’ve really lost the run of ourselves, you can look forward to Take Your Plant For A Walk Day next month

When Van Morrison once sang that there’d be days like this he probably didn’t mean there’d actually be days like this, days like cucumber day. But it(...)

A woman walks through flood water in Cork city in 2014. FIle photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Office of Public Works has defended its €140 million flood relief scheme for Cork city amid criticism from local campaigners. Some local campaig(...)

The storm jacket – a luxury version of the donkey jacket in merino, €520, from Inis Meáin. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

If you Google “pub jacket”, what do you get? The answer: Inis Meáin, the Aran Island company producing fine knitwear since 1976 has become well-know(...)

Danielle Romeril: “It was about identity and putting a vision for yourself forward and being lucky enough to have friends who knew a bit more than I did.” Photograph: Johnny McMillan

Don O’Neill recalls his upbringing in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry as nothing short of magical. “The castle behind my house is haunted,” he says. “ We woul(...)

 Schoolchildren lay flowers outside the Aberfan school memorial garden to mark 50 years since the Aberfan tragedy, on October 21st, 2016 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Wales fell silent at 9.15am on Friday, exactly 50 years after 116 children and 28 adults were killed after thousands of tonnes of slurry and coal wast(...)

 Pensions adviser Laura Doyle wants to get the message across to young people that  the sooner they start saving for retirement the better. Photograph: Eric Luke

Laura Doyle wants to make pensions sexy. It might sound like an impossible task, but the pension adviser’s plan, if it takes hold, could save many peo(...)

Graphic prints on a long skirt with ankle boots, by Teatum Jones; Femininity with farmyard boots, from Simone Rocha’s spring/summer 2017 collection; Off-the-shoulder stretchy striped knits from Richard Malone

When it comes to fashion, Ireland’s loss is the UK’s gain. We export some of our best talents abroad to a country which values the industry and its £(...)

Fallon and Byrne’s new outlet in the Swan shopping centre in Rathmines will be based in a south-facing contemporary exrtension complete with an outdoor terrace

The Swan shopping centre in Rathmines is to get a major boost with the decision by Dublin’s fine food emporium Fallon & Byrne to open a new flagsh(...)

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