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The All-Ireland hurling final between Limerick and Galway attracted more viewers than the Dublin v Tyrone football decider. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

There are too many special circumstances surrounding the television ratings for sport in 2018 to extrapolate hard and fast trends but the figures cont(...)

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

“What’s been the roughest day so far?” I should have been worried when he asked this; everyone else I met on my trip had asked “Where was the best pl(...)

After the UK, Romanian nationals accounted for the next largest allocation last year, followed by Brazil.  Photograph: iStock

UK nationals accounted for the largest number of PPSN (Personal Public Service Number) allocations to foreign nationals in the State last year. Figur(...)

A jasmin flower pictured in Plascassier near Grasse, France. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

The ancient sport of hurling is in equal parts completely terrifying, hugely exciting and uniquely Irish. In 2014 after Sky started screening the spo(...)

Count Laval Graf Nugent Von Westmeath: born in Ballynacor, Co Westmeath, in 1777

In her classic account of travels through 1930s Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Rebecca West visited a castle formerly owned by one of Ireland(...)

Taron Egerton as the altruistic thief

You could argue that a lot is riding on the latest version of Robin Hood. That’s the sort of thing they say in Hollywood: “A lot is riding on this.” (...)

It’s alright for our American friends to have a zero-tolerance approach to smoking but here in the land of passive-aggressive, round-about communication – “God you’re gas! still smoking!” – it’s less straightforward. Photograph: Getty Images

On a recent trip to Germany, I was surprised at the prevalence of smoking. Everyone was smoking, everywhere, all the time, or so it seemed. Actually, (...)

Filip Klubicka joined the Irish a capella group Ardú shortly after moving to Dublin in August 2017. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Filip Klubicka does not sound like a man who moved to Ireland only a year ago. His accent is much like one you might hear in a nondescript Dublin subu(...)

Migrant children protest in the vicinity of Maljevac border crossing with neighbouring Croatia, near the northern Bosnian town of Velika Kladusa, on October 24th.  Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Poland and the Czech Republic are set to join Hungary and Austria in pulling out of a United Nations pact on migration, as populist central European (...)

The elimination of rubella is a great day for public health in Australia and sends a powerful message that vaccinations work, the Australian health mi(...)

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