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Racing at Clonmel  Racecourse in Co  Tipperary on March 24th,  in front of empty stands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brace yourselves, folks, for a paean to racing which, despite all its problems, remains the most magnificent triviality of all. I know I’ve lost some(...)

In a Word . . .

Where are the wild youth of today? In my own younger days, we disgraced our elders with abandon. All in the pursuit of wisdom. For is it not writ th(...)

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the official launch of the  national programme to mark  the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland as a state church, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leader of Anglicans worldwide, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has said he hopes the emergence of conservative Anglican body Global Anglica(...)

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British prime minister Boris Johnson told his cabinet on Sunday a last-minute Brexit deal was still possible but there was significant work to be done(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The self-image of the public-school ethos from which Boris Johnson springs is best expressed in Thomas Hughes’s high-Victorian novel, Tom Brown’s Scho(...)

 A demonstrator, wearing a mask depicting Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson, at a protest outside the gates to Downing Street. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Given that Westminster has spent weeks debating the possibility of Boris Johnson proroguing parliament, it was surprising how surprised MPs were when (...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: By the time of the Brexit referendum in 2016, the Anglosphere had established itself in right-wing mythology as the promised land. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

If the success of a political idea turns on its power to instil hope or optimism in its adherents, then, in its early years, Brexit was a colossal fai(...)

Dominic Grieve told an audience in Dublin that the chances of a border poll on Irish unification ‘go up’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in October. Photograph: Simon Carswell

A “crash-out Brexit” would make a political crisis over the future status of Northern Ireland “more likely”, the Conservative MP and former UK attorne(...)

Come Out Ye Black and Tans: the rabble-rouser was sung by The Wolfe Tones. Photograph: Terry Thorp

It has been swirling around the head for nearly a week. After decades of never hearing Come Out Ye Black and Tans, I’m going around humming it to myse(...)

Sheridans: its counter at Dunnes' Cornelscourt supermarket was named best cheese shop in the UK and Ireland

I’ve hit Peak Brexit. I can’t stomach watching the nightly political blood-sport that is BBC’s Newsnight anymore. I can’t listen to self-important To(...)

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