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Microsoft’s building in Leopardstown, Co Dublin: staff numbers are rising at the tech giant’s Irish subsidiary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pretax profits at Dublin-based Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited (MIOL) rose to $2.6 billion (€2.2bn) in the year to the end of June 2020, up from (...)

Sir  David Attenborough has warned that our planet is in real danger. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The Season of Creation is a time set aside each year for Christians to reflect on their relationship with their Creator and the created order. It bega(...)

Pope Francis greeting well-wishers this week.  To mark the fifth anniversary of his encyclical  on the care of our common home, Laudato Si, Pope Francis has asked us to pray for our planet. Photograph: EPA

My father was the gentlest of souls. I remember one summer morning, breakfasting in our kitchen in West Kerry when a fly was buzzing about. It was so (...)

Fr John Nolan: The apartheid regime made his missionary work and life among the Basotho stressful and difficult

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at irishtimes.com/covid-19-li(...)

Ferenc Legyel as Michael Curtiz in Curtiz, a film by Tamas Yvan Topolánszky recreating the drama behind the making of Casablanca.

In 1974, Warner Brothers executive Simon Benzakein met French New Wave icon François Truffaut in Los Angeles with an offer to remake Casablanca. The d(...)

The  Copper Box Arena in London where the Road to Tokyo European Boxing Olympic Qualifying Event took place. Photograph: James Chance/Getty Images

Bernard Dunne, the high-performance director of Irish boxing, asked for the entire Irish boxing team, coaching staff and back-up team to be tested for(...)

An  empty car park as Fr Paddy Stanley  says the Sunday 9.30am mass in St Brendan’s Church, Coolock, Dublin which was closed to the public but broadcast live on the webcam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At a Mass in a nearly-empty St Andrew’s Church on Dublin’s Westland Row on Sunday morning, Fr Enda Cunningham asked “is God with us or not? Perhaps no(...)

The GPO crib: ‘The wise men (and the Bible never tells us how many of them there were) do not take their place until the Epiphany (January 6th). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Most Christmas nativity scenes currently on view are wrong, with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the shepherds, angels and three kings all appearing way bef(...)

Children, with their untutored eyes, are often the first to recognise that the sentiments behind the nativity are universal

Across the country blue sheets are being excitedly whipped off beds in the name of the Mother of God. Striped tea towels are flying off the shelves to(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

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