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‘Fight between aborigines and mounted whites’, by Samuel Calvert (1828-1913). Image: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales/Wikimedia

After I arrived in Melbourne back in the 1980s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear crude Aboriginal jokes. Needless to say, these “jokes” were unbelievably of(...)

 Sarah Turnbull (L) and Rebecca Hickson pose for a photograph with their Certificate of Marriage. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia on Tuesday after the country’s last legal impediment to gay marriage expired. Marria(...)

Fiona Mulcahy and her children Luna and Glen Óg at home in Portarlington, Co Laois. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed was a question that never entered Fiona Mulcahy’s mind as she planned for the arrival of her first born. From th(...)

A few months ago I wrote a piece for Irish Times Abroad listing my five favourite things about living back in Ireland, after my move home from Au(...)

A Catholic diocese in Northern Ireland has suspended the ‘sign of peace’ handshake in its Masses due to the risk of infection from a strain of the flu. File photograph: Richard Seagraves/Photonica/Getty

A Catholic diocese in Northern Ireland has suspended the “sign of peace” handshake in its Masses due to the risk of infection from a strain of the flu(...)

Over the past decade, 356,600 Irish-born people have emigrated. Photograph: iStock

Michael Noonan’s quip in 2012 about emigration being a “free choice of lifestyle” for young people must be one of the most defining quotes of the rece(...)

John Cooney celebrates a successful late conversion for Ulster against Munster  in the recent PRO 14 clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The needs of Irish rugby tend to differ from what Leinster want. This article tracks the winding roads of Ulster’s five Dubliners before David Nucifor(...)

An Irish survey found that only 57 per cent of Irish people interact with their neighbours on a regular basis

Does anyone borrow a cup of sugar or washing powder from a neighbour anymore? At the risk of sounding all “it was green fields round here once”, thing(...)

Nicolas Roche: “The plan now is to ride the Giro, and then which one of the next two Grand Tours is not quite certain.” Photograph: Bryan Lennon/Getty Images

The international season gets under way this month with the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, but Ireland’s Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin will delay(...)

The Hougoumont, which arrived in Fremantle 150 years ago with 62 Irish politican prisoners aboard. Photograph: Wikimedia

Traditional music, poetry, contemporary film, art, family events and a long table communal feast are at the heart of what is being billed as “Australi(...)

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