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Saoirse Ronan is transcendent as a fraught teenager who is closer to her mother than their fuming rows would suggest, in Lady Bird

Don’t get in a state. You should know that we do this now. Be grateful that we were polite enough to wait until the end of June before naming our favo(...)

Graffiti is seen on  well-known Irish bar and restaurant Brownes Irish Market in Kansas City, which claims to be the oldest Irish business in North America. Photograph: Brownes Irish Market

US police are investigating an anti-immigrant graffiti attack on a well-known Irish bar and restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. “Immigrants not welc(...)

Paddy Power Betfair already has a substantial business in the US, where it operates horse racing TV channel and online betting network TVG. Betting on racing is legal in the US. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Some US states may legalise sports betting by autumn, opening potential new markets for businesses such as Paddy Power Betfair, the Irish group’s chie(...)

New this week: Martin Freeman in 'Ghost Stories'

BLACK PANTHER ★★★ Directed by Ryan Coogler. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya,(...)

New this week: John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Uprising

ANNIHILATION ★★★★ Directed by Alex Garland. Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac.(...)

Three billboards: John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaíle at the tribute to Martin McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Martin McDonagh has long been celebrated in his second home in south Connemara, and now a Gaeltacht community has erected three billboards to honour (...)

Saoirse Ronan attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, the US. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

You wouldn’t guess that Saoirse Ronan carried the expectations of a nation on her narrow shoulders. The art of being Saoirse is, perhaps, the art of n(...)

Martin McDonagh: Irish critics have been more tolerant of his deliberate dialling up of national stereotypes in his celebrated plays. Photograph:  Kris Connor/Getty Images

We got there a bit sooner this year. In the later stages of the 2017 awards season, as a certain musical appeared to be strolling towards best picture(...)

This image released by A24 Films shows Saoirse Ronan in a scene from "Lady Bird." Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for best actress on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4.  (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)

THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE IRISH Have we got blasé about Saoirse Ronan’s record at these awards already? Only one other female actor has scored (...)

Observation car on an Amtrak train. Photograph: Julia Vallerga

Train travel in the US is well worth doing – if you have the time and the patience. To get from New York to Austin, Texas, a journey of more than 2,70(...)

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