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Musicians Neil Martin and Christy Moore were among those to carry the coffin of uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn at his funeral in Kill, Co Kildare.  . Photograph: Alan Betson

Liam O’Flynn “understood simplicity in a way few people did. He understood space. He understood silence,” recalled the late uileann piper’s friend and(...)

Broadcaster  Gay Byrne, pictured in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A dispute between a financial fund and a partnership comprising broadcaster Gay Byrne, his wife Kathleen and their two daughters has been settled. Fe(...)

“They don’t have a definition and they don’t have a name. They consider themselves to be heterosexual men who have sex with men occasionally.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Men who have had sexual contact with other men but who do not identify as being gay or bisexual are being urged to participate in an international sur(...)


Voyeur Netfilx, December 1st Voyeur: a “social experiment” Voyeur is a documentary based on journalist Gay Talese’s New Yorker essay (...)

Ryan Tubridy and members of the School of Uke from east Cork at the auditions for the Late Late Toy Show in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

“Oh no, not this guy!” says Late Late Show musical director Greg French as he opens a door in the Clayton hotel in Cork to see seven-year-old Jamie O’(...)

Students Katie McCabe, Jay Pope and Ayrton Kelly at Outhouse on Capel Street, Dublin. Some 70% of LGBTI young people feel schools in Ireland are still not fully inclusive of these students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The election of Barack Obama heralded the end of racism in America, in much the same way as the marriage referendum in Ireland eradicated homophobia a(...)

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Hundreds of homophobic incidents were recorded in Northern Ireland in one year, police statistics show. Hate crime laws should be updated to combat (...)

Trafalgar Square on St Patrick’s Day this year. Photograph: Jay Shaw Baker/NurPhoto via Getty Images

You’d have to feel sorry for Britain. I can’t imagine being a British person having to watch this Brexit chaos unfold. Let’s all just agree that it sh(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald  at the Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“It’s wild how queer Ireland has become,” said Panti Bliss when she delivered the central welcome address at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last week. (...)

Garda Inspector Paul Franey:   concerned that there are some officer who still do not feel comfortable enough to “come out”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sitting in Terenure College when he was in transition year more than 20 years ago Paul Franey wrote essays about policing: “It’s the only thing I’ve e(...)

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