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Students Oian MacMichael (left) and Luis Alberto Canizares walk through the I-LOFAR  in the grounds of Birr Castle in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Birr Castle’s status as a world-class place for astronomy research has been restored with the opening of the Irish Low Frequency Array Radio Telescope(...)

No cars go: the University of Groningen’s Academy Building. The  city has a student population of 30,000 – and  a car population of zero. Photograph: Paddy Logue

It is most disconcerting when you first arrive in Groningen, the plucky little university city of 200,000 souls in the north of the Netherlands that y(...)

Jesse Klaver of GroenLinks party during election night in Amsterdam. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

It is far too early to say whether Jesse Klaver’s GreenLeft will be a party of government for the first time in its history. But for the youngest ever(...)

If Andres Iniesta had spent his career in teams that required him to run 50 metres on a regular basis, most of us would never have heard of him. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

In Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football (2000), author David Winner meets the photographer Hans van der Meer, who was known in the (...)

Hustle and bustle: Revellers in Dublin’s  Temple Bar. Photograph: Mayall/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Is it time for a city like Dublin to appoint a night mayor? It might be a strange question to ask, especially as most citizens of the capital probabl(...)

Detail of  a walnut musical grandfather clock made by Douwe Jelles Tasma in the Dutch town of Grouw in 1820, for auction with an estimate of €6,000-€8,000

The first auction of the year at south Co Dublin auctioneers Adams Blackrock has an unexpected Dutch feel. The Fine Art & Interiors auction, on Tu(...)

If you want to see how a social network works in real life, Groningen was the place to be last weekend. The Dutch city is home to Eurosonic, a mult(...)

Nestpick targets international renters moving to new cities

German ecommerce investor Rocket Internet is backing online apartment rental firm Nestpick as the start-up expands into four European countries, aimin(...)

Shiny Darkly

It’s remarkable to observe Eurosonic’s rise and rise in recent years. This writer first visited Groningen in 2005 for its annual showcase of the best (...)

Greenpeace demonstrators climb the Shard building, in central London. Greenpeace said  the six women  were protesting against drilling for oil in the Arctic. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Six Greenpeace protesters who scaled Britain’s tallest building have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass, Scotland Yard said tonight. Th(...)

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