“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(...)

Edward Hopper’s ‘Chop Suey’ (1929)

It’s a simple scene: just two women chatting in a restaurant. But as depicted by the great American painter Edward Hopper in his 1929 work Chop Suey, (...)

 Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson gives a victory speech at his election night party in Newark, Ohio. Photograph:  Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Republican candidates backed by US president Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, with the nar(...)

 Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, with her lawyer Michael Avenatti. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

Stormy Daniels, the porn actor who has said she had an affair with US president Donald Trump, was arrested while performing at an Ohio strip club on (...)

Pantera founder and drummer Vinnie Paul with ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill in Las Vegas in 2006. File photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Vinnie Paul, the drummer and co-founder of heavy metal band Pantera, has died, the group announced in a statement on Facebook. The Texas-born musici(...)

The map of Ireland in the 1468 Venetian Portolan atlas identifies 57 settlements, including Porto Rosso (Portrush), Limerich, Chorca, Drogda (Drogheda) and Bre (Bray)

The oldest-known map of Ireland will come under the hammer at Christie’s sale of Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts in New York on Thursday. The first(...)

Connemara Maths Academy, in Delphi Resort on the Wild Atlantic Way, attract children from all over the world.
Summer of science

Summer is coming and, with it, parents will scramble to find ways to keep the kids busy. Increasingly, parents don’t just want the children out of the(...)

The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“If I’m not an American, I’m nothing,” the writer Philip Roth once said. Roth, one of the giants of American literature, passed away on Tuesday night (...)

Author Philip Roth in New York in September 15th, 2010. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Philip Roth, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85, was a prolific, protean and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th centu(...)

While the south of Gran Canaria may be more popular with tourists, Las Palmas has a lot to offer. Photograph: Getty Images

We’re sitting atop a hill outside Las Coloradas, a little village on Gran Canaria’s most north-easterly point, with a birds-eye view of the sunset spi(...)

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