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FT columnist Simon Kuper argues that loquacious posturing, so essential at the university debating society, is still the fuel that propels Brexit and Johnson. File photograph: Getty

If Boris Johnson is the answer, what the hell is the question? Perplexed? Who isn’t? Not for the first time over the past few months, the revealed nat(...)

 Emily Ruskovich,  winner of the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award, for her debut novel Idaho. Photograph: Conor McCabe

I cannot express how grateful I am to be the recipient of this award. It is difficult to know how to respond to the magnitude of this kindness that ha(...)

Brian Maguire of EBX Media

“It gave a sense of clarity to the big adventure we were going on,” says Brian Maguire. “This wasn’t something new, people had done this before – it’s(...)

Andrew Ryan Traditional and Modern Furniture managing director Dominic Ryan at his showroom  near Gorey. Photograph: Alan Betson

Family lore claims that Andrew Ryan was hammering nails into things from the time he could walk. A few years beyond the toddler stage he progressed to(...)

Cahercastle in Co Galway has been standing since the late 1400s. Photograph: Airbnb

A small castle in Galway which is more than 600 years old has become the most visited Airbnb in Europe, according to the wildly popular accommodation (...)

Bologna, Italy

You made it through January, it must be time to reward yourself by planning a weekend away in the spring. There is nothing wrong with the classics – s(...)

Breandán Kearney with Franklin Verdonck of Siphon Brewing. Photograph: Sophie Callewaert

It was a dark winter’s day in West Flanders in 2013 when Breandán Kearney was drowning his sorrows in a train station bar. It had been a month since h(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary  at the airline’s agm on  September 20th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Within hours of warning shareholders this week that profits would fall below what they were expecting, Ryanair was advertising 25 per cent off flights(...)

One of Oliver St John Gogarty’s favourite places for a summer outing was Lough Bray, Co Wicklow, in the mountains just beyond the border of Co Dublin.(...)

Three billboards: John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaíle at the tribute to Martin McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Martin McDonagh has long been celebrated in his second home in south Connemara, and now a Gaeltacht community has erected three billboards to honour (...)

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