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French prime minister Jean Castex announcing the new Covid-19 restrictions.  “We’ve reached a sort of plateau,” he said. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

France will enforce an 8pm-6am curfew starting next Tuesday, December 15th, including on New Year’s Eve. An exception will be made for Christmas Eve o(...)

The Bugatti Type 57 SC is known in the trade as La Voiture Noire.

People have believed, at times, in pirate treasure maps. People have lost their way and their lives searching for the golden jungle city of Eldorado. (...)

InishBofin, Co Galway. Photograph: Declan Surpless

Our offhsore havens are opening up again – a perfect excuse to get away from it all In the darkest days of lockdown anyone with a grá for our of(...)

A view of the city lights at the intersection of Europe and Asia as  the International Space Station orbits above, in March 2020. Photograph: Nasa handout/AFP via Getty Images

Earth may be in chaos, but the heavens remain as imperturbable as ever, and they will provide quite the show over the next week. The International S(...)

As late as 2007, it was still being built, new, in China and Nigeria.

It was a time of trouble and strife, a time of mass public protests. A time of wars being fought in far away places, with people about whom we knew li(...)

Valentine’s Day comes with a pretty hefty price tag for most Irish couples

That time is upon us again: the day when everyone is supposed to be in love and told by the media and the markets of the world to express their love b(...)

Dijon, France

The last time I set foot in Burgundy-Franche-Comté my mother had just passed away. I boarded a flight from Dublin to Paris, where I would connect by (...)

The Morrison Hotel on Dublin’s Ormond Quay.

Quay-side cool  The Morrison Hotel on Dublin’s Ormond Quay has refreshed its Quay 14 bar and Morrison Grill restaurant. The quarter of a million(...)

 Team Sky rider Chris Froome: “My hunger to win hasn’t got any less but the challenge is bigger this year because the level of my rivals is higher.” Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Reuters

He was the dominant winner in 2013, 2015 and 2016 but, this time around, Chris Froome starts the Tour de France knowing things could be more difficult(...)

Ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey on the last day of the 2015 National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships has morphed into something so huge that it would be easy to forget its origins. Many of the visitors who arrive (...)

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