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‘The Importance of Being Aisling’ is the third book in a trilogy.

I first met Aisling about four years ago, shortly after starting my first real job in Dublin, and she made me feel a little less alone in the world. I(...)

Pictured at the launch of the Brown Thomas Christmas shop in Dublin were model Isabelle Traber and Hannah O’ Brien (4). Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Ho ho nooooo, say it ain’t so. There are still 131 sleeps until Christmas and already Brown Thomas shops in Dublin, Cork and Limerick have decked the (...)

Participants in the ‘Leadership for Life’ conference at Maynooth University: standing from left, Karina Tropman, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, DeAlbert Shepherd, New York, Ashling Dunphy, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and Callum Maxwell, Oldcastle, Co Meath; front row from left, Liadh Hennessy, Ballineen, Co Cork, Fergal Flood, Monaghan and Rebecca Battle, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“The young people of today . . . ” is a sentence that rarely ends well. It usually signals a rant about teenagers’ obsession with technology, abuse o(...)

Pope Francis waves before his Angelus prayer after a Mass for Italian youths at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The pope is coming. So, what exactly is happening? The World Meeting of Families festival kicks off in the RDS and around the country on Tuesday, Aug(...)

Donald Sutherland gets mad in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Look, it’s only fair. Hollywood has aimed undemanding, patronising films at kids for generations. It can only be right that older people now get their(...)

At least 20 people were killed in a shootout during an escape attempt at a prison in Belem, local authorities informed. Photograph: Diario Do Para/Celso Rodrigues/AFP/Getty

Gunmen have attacked a prison in northern Brazil trying to stage a mass escape of inmates, setting off a gun battle with police that killed 20 people (...)

Battling a wildfire in Anaheim Hills, California, in October. Photograph: Jeff Gritchen/ AP

‘Ever get the feeling God has a secret plan for California?” asks my godson Dara, deadpan Dub wit that he is. You think you have it bad? For months (...)

Mediterranean sun: Aphrodite’s Rock, in Cyprus

Spain: Canaries and Costa del Sol You might find a big discount on a trip to Gran Canaria, with prices from €467 per person sharing, and across the C(...)

 An aerial view from a Ventura County Sheriff helicopter shows a site damaged by mudslide in Montecito, California. Photograph: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office/Reuters

Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for up to two dozen peo(...)

‘The whole pagan idea of a midwinter festival was a respite to get us through whatever’s yet to come.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Peace! Goodwill! Joy! Magical sleighrides! No one’s Christmas looks like this. If you’re lucky enough to have food and shelter this festive season, t(...)

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