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Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon attacks, is shown in this undated family handout photo released today. Photograph: Courtesy of Bill Richard
'My dear son Martin has died'
  • US
  • April 16, 2013, 20:09

An eight-year-old boy was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings as he waited for his father to finish the race. Martin Richard, from Dor(...)

Sergei Nakariakov: ‘In nearly 50 years of concert-going I have never encountered trumpet playing like this’

The four concerts I attended this week set me thinking about music’s moral and emotional power. In Plato’s ideal republic, music would be stric(...)

US president Barack Obama being briefed on Boston Marathon explosions. Photograph: @whitehouse photo

US president Barack Obama said those responsible for the attacks feel the “full weight of justice”. The US president told a news confer(...)

A cross over  the village of Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph:   Jack McManus

Earlier this year in “An Irishman’s Diary”, Patsy McGarry wrote of a falling out between his late friend and himself over the existence of God,(...)

Raisin Cain: the US supreme court must adjudicate on the government’s cartel

There is a complex and contentious case now being heard before the US Supreme Court, and there’s a lot riding on the decision of the nine judge(...)

Did you get out of the wrong side of the bed this morning? Are you hacked off with the weather? Are last night’s dirty dishes still in the sink(...)

Sir, – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s article (Rite & Reason, April 2nd) was very interesting, but, maybe I missed something. I don’t t(...)

Labour Ministers Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Pat Rabbitte.

Who wrote this in February 2011, just after the general election: “The government will become deeply unpopular because promises of real change have(...)

Captain Ross McCarron and Lansdowne players celebrate at the weekend.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Mike Ruddock talks about the Irish game it’s always worth listening, not only because of that engaging Welsh lilt but because, as a Grand (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “We would be foolish not to recognise that among many young Irish people the process of distancing themselves from the faith begins very quickly after they leave school or even while they are at school.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An analysis of the data of the 2011 census – collated parish by parish and for the geographical confines of the Archdiocese of Dublin – indicat(...)

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