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Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Jeffrey Epstein  in a photograph taken for the New York state criminal justice services’ sex offenders’ register on March 28th, 2017. Photograph: New York state criminal justice services via Reuters

It was Friday night in a protective housing unit of the federal jail in lower Manhattan, and Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of trafficking gir(...)

In a Word . . .

Last week, I wrote about my mother’s 91st birthday. But it was also her twin brother Pat’s 91st birthday. (Belated) Happy Birthday Uncle. Based in Bro(...)

If in doubt about the UV protection of your  glasses, ask an optician who has a spectrometer to check them. Photograph: iStock
Eye of the sun

Many people my age with lens implants following cataract surgery are thrilled not to have to wear glasses all the time. But I’ve recently gone in the (...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Look, Godmother, no hands: Nora O’Mahony  and Eugene Lambert  with Judge the dog in Wanderly Wagon.

This week came the sad news that “Stewart”, the canine actor who played Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s resident corgi Cheddar, had died. Stewart had a quiet, fl(...)

Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escorted by authorities after his detention, in Mexico City, Mexico, in May 2016.  File photograph: Jose Mendez/EPA

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord who twice escaped maximum-security prisons in that country, will spend the rest of his life in a US p(...)

Last December, customs officials at JFK Airport found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers in a duffel bag from a passenger arriving from Guyana.

A Connecticut man (39) has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F Kennedy Airport in order to sell them for sing(...)

Self-proclaimed wizard Devin Person in the New York subway. A  sign he carries on the subway reads: “Talk to the wizard, because no one meets a wizard by accident.” Photograph: Mary Inhea Kang/The New York Times

In New York, a city where anyone can be anything, Devin Person is a self-proclaimed professional wizard. On a Sunday afternoon in his Brooklyn neighb(...)

Peter Jackson, chief executive, Paddy Power Betfair: ‘We’ve got a great team and we will have all those other things in the other states as well.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

“Our staff really are passionate about what they do,” says Peter Jackson, chief executive of Flutter Entertainment, owner of bookies Paddy Power and B(...)

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