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Double Cross: Ian Toner in this Abbey-Lyric coproduction

DOUBLE CROSS Peacock Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ If the first casualty of war is truth, Thomas Kilroy’s 1986 play presents two of its most skilled assassin(...)

Mendelssohn with Ryan Moore winning   last year in Del Mar, California.  Photograph:  Horsephotos/Getty Images

A total of 15 Irish-trained horses are among the strong European challenge for the 35th Breeders Cup in Kentucky this week. Aidan O’Brien has 13 ent(...)

Racegoers shelter from the rain on Ladies Day at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Galway Races are decadent and depraved. Or is that the Kentucky Derby? Either way, as you read this, I’m there – probably trying to “pace myself”(...)

Catholic Micheal Potter created quite a stir at Twelfth celebrations in Brookeborough

Dressed in a Union Jack hat and tie and carrying a shopping bag emblazoned with images of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Catholic Micheal Potter crea(...)

The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain. After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame

UK London to Fort William Duration: 419 miles/13hr Price (single): From £45/€51. The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the (...)

It is to that great Dubliner George Bernard Shaw the quote “I’m sorry this letter is so long, I didn’t have time to make it shorter”, is most frequent(...)

 Ryan Moore and  Mendelssohn win the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse  last year. Coolmore’s number one rider Moore will team up with Mendelssohn in Kentucky Photograph: Getty Images

No sooner has the National Hunt season ended than the countdown to the classics begins with Aidan O’Brien in pursuit of an unprecedented Classic hat-(...)

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro

Be in no doubt. The current, slight favourite for the best picture Oscar is a lovely thing. It has taken over 60 years, but Guillermo del Toro has tu(...)

Sting: 'When I get angry I’m a Geordie. It’s very effective.' Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

When you say, “I’m here to interview Sting”, nobody says, “Sting who?” There’s one Sting, like there’s one Bono, one Cher and one Bosco. The former P(...)

Ships carrying members of the BEF leaving Dunkirk during the evacuation of British troops.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

It would be consistent with a certain kind of Britishness for the nation to ruin itself through sheer embarrassment. Having gone to the trouble of vot(...)

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