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Starter binocular options at about €120 can greatly enhance your observations. Photograph: ZenShui/Odilon Dimier/Getty Images

Very few people are entirely indifferent to birds, and most of us find them an occasional source of some brief wonder and delight. Even the most comm(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she has  signalled she will examine how the party is run in light of a series of bitter resignations and rows in local organisations. Photograph: Getty Images

The annual release of State papers sees hazy glorification of IRA violence meet the historical record of bombing and murder, another brutal reminder o(...)

Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci, became the most expensive painting ever sold at auction when it made $450 million at Christie’s, New York in November.

King of the World Gloria in excelsis Deo! Salvator Mundi, a newly-discovered painting of Jesus Christ as ‘Saviour of the World’, by Leonardo da Vinci(...)

Ah the lads, tis yourselves. Taosieach Bertie Ahern leads his troops to lunch at a Fianna Fáil Nice treaty meeting in 2002. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Here’s what’s going to happen in 2018. Apologies if some of these predictions are a bit vague but I spilled egg nog all over my crystal ball/laptop sc(...)

Secretary to the government Dermot Nally wrote  to say it was the view of the taoiseach’s department that because of the ‘highly sensitive nature of the issues involved’, other departments should be consulted on a ‘limited and confidential basis’.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

References in the State’s wartime emergency plan about the security situation in Northern Ireland were deleted at the request of the department of the(...)

Gardaí restrain protesters outside Cavan District Court against the rearrest for extradition of Maze prison escapee Anthony Kane in November 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Apart from the running catalogue of terrorist and related events in Northern Ireland, the single most contentious issue in Anglo-Irish relations for (...)

More than 100,000 passports were issued through the new online renewal system which began in March.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The total of 779,000 Irish passports issued in 2017 was the highest ever in a single year, the Government has confirmed. It represents a 6 per cent (...)

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis, prime minister Theresa May, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. File photograph: Eric Vidal/Pool/EPA

The UK Cabinet is, at last, getting around to discussing the sort of trade agreement it wants to have with the EU after it has left. It intends to ma(...)

The Pepsi ad with Kendall Jenner that sought to capitalise on Black Lives Matter set new standards for tone deafness

Welcome to this column’s annual Get Off My Lawn! awards. Once again we assess the 10 most annoyingly pointless stories of the year. We’re talking abou(...)

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