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A young Arthur Sullivan in 1858, from vol 42 of The Musical Times, 1901.

Arthur Sullivan was a musical prodigy. The son of two Irish parents, Thomas Sullivan and Clementina Coghlan (Clementina was half Italian), he would be(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin during the President’s three-day State visit last week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Ireland’s early diplomacy with Germany didn’t end well in 689 AD. Kilian, a Cavan-born missionary, annoyed a Würzburg noblewoman for suggesting she wa(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the University of Leipzig during a state visit to Germany: also attended a concert in Berlin’s Kreuzberg area. Photograph: Peter Endig

Aoife Ní Bhriain began her week in a massive copper beer cauldron in Bavaria: a recording session, she insists, not a drinking session. On Thursday e(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaks to Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer during his visit to the university of Leipzig. Photograph: Peter Endig / dpa / AFP

Growing economic, political and climate challenges have brought Europe to a new brink, similar in scale to the epochal changes that ended the Cold War(...)

Germany’s then federal chancellor Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in 1992: perhaps the high-point of Irish-German relations was two years earlier, when the Irish EU presidency assisted Mr Kohl’s push for European acceptance of German unity.   Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek

When President Michael D Higgins arrives in Berlin on Tuesday evening for a three-day state visit to Germany, he is marking nine decades of bilateral (...)

The Taycan is expected to have exceptional performance, with the top-spec model (likely to be badged, confusingly, as Taycan Turbo) boasting a 500km driving range and more than 600hp power output, with 0-100km/h acceleration of just 3.5secs for the top-spec ‘Turbo’ model

Porsche, doubtless keen to drum up excitement about its switch to electric power, has given us our first clear look at the new Taycan electric super-s(...)

Patrice and Lydie Maninchedda have learned that French special forces had rescued their grandsons from al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria. Photograph: Lydia Maninchedda

Lydie and Patrice Maninchedda appealed to president Emmanuel Macron in February, begging him to have the “humanity” to bring their three small grandso(...)

Many European mainlanders remember ‘the squelch of carts laden with possessions on muddy tracks’. Above, the evacuation of Paris in 1940. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What does the EU want? This simple question has foxed Brits throughout the Brexit talks. It is alleged that Brussels is desperate to retain Britain; t(...)

 Divock Origi of Liverpool scores a strange goal past Jordan Pickford of Everton. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Marco Silva said it after the game: the great thing about football is it always shows you something new. The 55,000 people at Anfield must have seen u(...)

Brigid Hynan in Leipzig
Welcome to my place . . . Leipzig
  • Abroad
  • December 2, 2018, 06:00

Brigid Hynan is originally from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, and now lives in Limerick city. She has taught English as a foreign language for seven years.(...)

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