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West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg. Photograph: Fox and Amblin Entertainment

Let’s try this again, shall we? It is some measure of the speed with which Covid descended that, in mid-February of last year, when we attempted to pr(...)

Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral service of Britain’s Prince Philip. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/AFP via Getty

People across the UK have observed a minute’s silence for the Duke of Edinburgh in unison with mourners at his funeral. As members of the royal famil(...)

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April . . . “is the cruellest month . . . ” I’ve never understood why. From TS Eliot’s epic The Wasteland. April, he wrote, “is the cruellest month,(...)

A judge in a Church of England ecclesiastical court, had previously ruled that a translation of the inscription was required as there was a risk it could otherwise be seen ‘as a political statement’. File image: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The family of an Irish woman who had fought a legal battle to have an Irish language message on her headstone in a UK cemetery finally had it put in p(...)

The three-judge appeal court delivered its ruling on Wednesday in an appeal taken by the family of the late Margaret Keane, who died in July 2018 at the age of 73. File photograph: Getty

A sitting of the Court of Arches of the Church of England in Canterbury has ruled a woman should be allowed have an Irish language inscription on her (...)

Dr Farah Palmer is a leading contender to become the next chair of NZR. File photograph: Getty Images

Dr Farah Palmer is many things. A Rugby World Cup-winning captain. A national representative for a decade. Associate dean and senior lecturer at the M(...)

Artist Hayat Nazer collected broken glass and twisted materials that belonged to people’s homes before the Beirut explosion to create a statue of a woman raising Lebanon’s flag, her hair and dress flowing in the wind, symbolising the city’s hopes of rising from the rubble and a new beginning. Photograph: Courtesy of Hayat Nazer

As we take one last backward glance at Christmas, mingled with our disappointments is the hope that next year’s festival will literally be “business a(...)

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A stamp marking 150th years of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland on January 1st, 1871 has been issued. The €1 stamp, by Dublin’s Vermill(...)

Johnny Sexton spoke recently about the excellent work being done behind the scenes.  Maybe it’s time to allow the fans to see this. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I should be writing about the Scotland game. I really should. There are plenty of angles to dive into and examine. An attack shape is developing. Cael(...)

The North’s First Minister has written to the Taoiseach requesting a “fresh examination” into allegations of collusion between the Irish state and the IRA.  File Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

The North’s First Minister has written to the Taoiseach requesting a “fresh examination” into allegations of collusion between the Irish state and the(...)

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