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Brian Burns, the business executive and commercial lawyer who president Donald Trump wants to be his ambassador to Ireland, in his office in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Three paintings hang on the wall behind the desk of Brian Burns, the business executive, attorney, philanthropist and, he hopes, President Donald Trum(...)

Seán Rogers: ‘In the 1980s Boston was soaked in sunshine and covered in easy money.’

Banking west over Dublin and climbing steadily, the Boeing 747 shook as its gigantic engines pulled and roared. The TV monitors vibrated like they we(...)

Former astronaut and senator John Glenn gives the thumbs up  after returning from space in October 1998, at the age of 77. Photograph: George Shelton/Nasa/Reuters

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world’s oldest astronaut, in(...)

A number of international experts say Irish universities, such as Trinity College Dublin, must face up to reality.

The presidents of Irish universities bemoan their international rankings and collectively call on the Minister for Education to increase their funding(...)

Denis Bergin on graduation day in 1966 with his parents Richard and Mary.

On a recent Sunday, some 40 elderly men gathered to mark 50 years since graduation. The Maynooth Class of 1966. Back in September 1963, dressed in uni(...)

Driving the Ford Fusion at a conservative 20mph, I twisted a red knob on the console to my right and pressed a silver button to engage its self-drivin(...)

Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of influential BBC government satire Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86.  Photograph: PA Wire

Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of influential BBC government satire Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86. Yes Minister was a b(...)

Joe Arpaio: “Maybe President Obama should be more supportive of cops instead of going after people every time they shoot a black person.” Photograph: Samantha Sais/New York Times

Joe Arpaio wonders whether bestiality is a problem in Ireland, given all the cattle in the country. He later autographs a photograph that has just bee(...)

Sean’s son Eoin (number 5, second from right) in Boston with the CRLS (Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School) team.

I don’t know why I wanted Eoin to try ice hockey, especially after his American-born mum insisted I was the one who would be rising at 5am to take him(...)

Ranelagh and Elizabeth Ranelagh with Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Chris O’Leary at the interment of the ashes of their father, James O’Beirne at Republican Plot at St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork on Saturday

The family of a War of Independence veteran have described the decision by Cork City Council to allow his ashes to be interred at the republican plot (...)

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