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The Black Rock memorial marking the graves of typhus victims is lowered into place in 1859. It is said to be the first monument anywhere in the world marking the Famine. Photograph: William Notman/McCord Museum

A narrow traffic island on a busy motorway seems an incongruous setting for a Famine memorial. For the moment it is where Montréal honours some 6,000 (...)

Pat Rigney, managing director of The Shed Distillery, fills the first ever bottle of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin.

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin reached a major milestone this year having sold over 100,000 cases, helping boost turnover to more than €7 million. T(...)

The steam liner Empress of Ireland shortly before the collision with a freighter which caused her to sink off the coast of Quebec. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

While Louth man William Clark stoked the boiler-room fires on the Canadian luxury transatlantic liner the Empress of Ireland in May 1914, he must have(...)

Poulnabrone dolmen in Co Clare. Photograph: iStock

A koan is a paradoxical riddle without a solution. It’s also an apt definition of many of Ireland’s placenames. These encoded glimpses into our cultur(...)

The ice-skating rink at Patinoire de la Place D’Youville in Québec City.

It took the Carnaval de Québec for the penny to drop: confusing the festivities of winter for Christmas is as daft as mistaking autumn for Halloween. (...)

 A woman smokes a joint on the day Canada legalised recreational marijuana in Toronto, on October 17th. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Reuters

Canada is running low on legal pot three weeks after the government approved the use of recreational marijuana, a shortage that is sending some frustr(...)

Justin Trudeau (R) fights Patrick Brazeau in their 2012 infamous boxing match.

On March 12th, 2012, two men stepped into a boxing ring for a fight that, though it lasted less than six minutes, may well have changed the direction (...)

Dr Eoin Lettice and Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich of UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Photograph: John Sheehan

Decisions by the Government and Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to restrict novel plant-breeding techniques and use of genetically modif(...)

Gina Shapiro and her daughter Desirae, friends of 18-year-old Toronto shooting victim Reese Fallon, at a makeshift memorial in the Canadian city on Monday. Photograph: Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP

The man accused of fatally shooting two people and wounding 13 others on a bustling Toronto street struggled with severe mental illness, his family h(...)

Women and children playing in the water fountains at the Place des Arts in Montreal, Canada. Photograph:  Eva Hambacheva/AFP/Getty Images

Last week was the first time in 147 years of weather records in Quebec that five consecutive days of +33C temperatures were registered. Across the pro(...)

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