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Fia Moon

What: R&B and Soul music from a pop perspective Where: Dublin/London Why: One of the more well-rounded and accomplished new artists from Ireland t(...)

Alan Frame’s beautifully illustrated book contains many stories about its alumni who include writers John Hewitt, Robert Greacen and Glenn Patterson; artists Paul Henry, Basil Blackshaw and Colin Davidson; concert pianist Barry Douglas; actors Jamie Dornan and James Ellis, and stained-glass artist Wilhemina Geddes, who has a crater named after her on Mercury. Above, detail from the book’s cover

Methodist College, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, has left its imprint on Belfast and Northern Ireland in terms of the arts, sc(...)

Teacher Martin Brennan said: “Four weeks from Christmas, we’ve lost our jobs.” Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

More than 100 international students gathered on the banks of the Grand Canal at Portobello Bridge in south Dublin on Monday morning after discovering(...)

Dermot Desmond, JP McManus and John Magnier first invested in Barchester 24 years ago. Photograph: Eric Luke

Barchester Healthcare, the UK care homes group co-owned by businessmen Dermot Desmond, JP McManus and John Magnier, has reportedly attracted the inte(...)

“With hindsight, not least following the past two years, the world might be a better place had Columbus been detained in Galway.”
In a Word . . .

One of my favourite debating motions from undergraduate days in Galway was “That Columbus went too far”. Of course, Columbus’s journey westwards acros(...)

Farc  guerrillas wash clothes at their camp in the Transitional Standardisation Zone in Pondores,  Colombia, in April  2017. Photograph: Joaquin Sarmiento/ AFP

For years he was one of the top tailors in the left-wing Farc guerrilla group: carrying his sewing machine through Colombia’s jungles on the back of a(...)

Michael Harrington: “There is nothing better than feeling nature all around you.”
Why I Love . . . Hiking

I guess you’d call hiking “soft” adventure. It’s thrilling, but an attainable experience for many people. Luckily for me, hiking is something I’ve man(...)

England wing Jonny May has recovered from his shoulder injury to face Scarlets in the  Heineken Champions Cup.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leicester Tigers v Scarlets, Welford Road , 7.45 (Live on BT Sport) The Scarlets may have to rekindle some of the character they demonstrated last se(...)

Seán O’Brien, Peter McCabe, Bundee Aki and Eoin Griffin at a Connacht squad training sesion at Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland will make his Connacht debut, Tom Farrell has recovered from illness, Bundee Aki makes his first start of the season alongside him in m(...)

A farmer harvesting coca leaves in the department of Cauca, Colombia. The UN report estimated that enough coca was grown to produce 1,379 tonnes  of cocaine – up 31 per cent on 2016. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/GettyImages)

Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to b(...)

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