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Mac-Group founder Paul McKenna: “An idea is not a business.”

In the space of 17 years, Paul McKenna has built his company from having just one employee to becoming the ninth-largest main contractor in Ireland, (...)

Lisa McNamee: A rose crown was placed on the bride’s head, and she was seated in the centre of a large circle.

It’s the time of the year when wedding celebrations are in full flow in Ireland, with most following a familiar formula . But what unusual and surpris(...)

Camping (without a tent!) in Greece

In 1991, having just turned 20, I rolled several months’ worth of clothes into my backpack, double checked that my passport, travellers cheques, Inter(...)

Jo Mangan, curator for the Irish Society for Stage and Screen Designers. Photograph: Martin Maguire

Theatre is a transient art. It exists entirely in the present moment. As the stage curtain falls, its boundaries are closed; the next time it rises, i(...)

Tanya went through six months of chemotherapy after cancer was found in a tumour on her left leg

Hi, my name is Tanya and I’m a cancer survivor and amputee. But that’s not exactly the whole story. In February, 2007, as I was cycling through Drum(...)

Messages posted on the  Lennon Wall outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, China, earlier this month. Photograph: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg

As protests and acts of dissent show no sign of abating in Hong Kong, Lennon and Lenin are now locked in a posthumous ideological battle in districts (...)

A once-underground industry has become supercharged and mainstream

In the tail end of the Irish Erotica Famine – an extended blight of Catholic shame, State censorship and insufficient samizdat smut which ended a litt(...)

After nearly 20 years in power, Vladimir Putin may cast an eye an approving over world affairs and conclude that things are, at last, turning decisively his way. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to enjoy this weekend’s G20 summit, where he hobnobbed with other leaders, pronounced liberalism dead and jo(...)

The Prague rally  calling on Czech prime minister Andrej Babis to step down. Photograph:  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek

Czechs turned out in their thousands on Sunday in Prague to call for the ousting of prime minister Andrej Babis in the biggest show of public disconte(...)

Skoda parent company VW has paid out more than €27bn   in penalties for using illegal software to disguise excessive levels of pollution from its diesel cars. Photograph:  Reuters/Axel Schmidt

A district court in Prague has ruled that Czech owners of Skoda and Volkswagen cars qualify for 533 million crowns (€20.8m) in compensation linked to (...)

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