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Maireád McGuinness: a rare example of a journalist making a successful career change into politics. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness, who has been appointed as European commissioner in charge of financial services and financial stability, is a rare e(...)

The Irish Bridge Union’s and the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland’s simultaneous pairs competitions have been scheduled for their usual dates in November and February respectively

The Northern Ireland Bridge Union’s pairs competitions for intermediate A, intermediate B and novice grades to commemorate the late Ciara Burns, Irel(...)

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

“Gentlemen,” the small man began, “grass is on the way out”. Knowledge of sport is no excuse for a lack of imagination, or vice versa, and Billy Mort(...)

Live on Stage Ringmaster Paul Ryder, Mr Pride Eddie McGuinness, with Kiki St.Clair at last yeart’s Dublin Pride

Covid-19 means Pride parades in 2020 are different to anything we’ve seen before. That doesn’t mean they won’t be fabulous. Dublin Pride Dublin LGBT(...)

 Sean Lowry and Mick Lowry lift the Sam Maguire for Offaly after they avenged the 1981  final defeat a year later to dash Kerry’s dream of five-in-a-row of All-Ireland triumphs. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

TG4’s new series, All-Ireland Gold moved on to its second instalment at the weekend. Clearly indebted to BBC’s Rock and Roll Years and RTÉ’s immense(...)

Candace Bushnell: 'There are so many conflicting messages on how to behave when you’re in your teens and 20s.' Photograph: Brian Ach/Getty Images

Candace Bushnell is known the world over for many things: as the “real life” Carrie Bradshaw and author of Sex & The City; the natural stylistic s(...)

Yes to equality: Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) in the courtyard at Dublin Castle on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFERENDUM THAT CHANGED HOW WE SAW OURSELVES, SOME OF THE ACTIVISTS INVOLVED REVISIT THAT TIME It’s a diffe(...)

Sean O’Rourke: ‘I cracked it in the end and now I’m walking away.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he opens his front door in Killiney, Co Dublin, Sean O’Rourke bows to me instead of shaking my hand. “That’s what Charlie Haughey used to like hi(...)

Trans Pride,  Dublin, July 2019, with the theme  ‘Break the Binary’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Healthcare for trans Irish people has been described as “inadequate” by an international report into the human rights of LGBTI people across Europe. (...)

Kate Brennan and Elva Fogarty, former students and who were originally involved in placing the capsule in 1996, among current students at Loreto Primary School in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

“By the year 2020 we hope that we can enjoy the natural environment, hopefully this environment will be bomb free and fear free.” This statement, wri(...)

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