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John Thomond O’Brien: known as Don Juan O’Brien, he was an honoured veteran of the South American wars  of independence

The Isla del Sol, or Island of the Sun, on Lake Titicaca is one of the most important sites in Inca mythology. It lies almost 4,000 metres above sea(...)

Neil Cooney (34) and his partner Kath (32) after their arrival at Dublin Airport from Peru. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ten hours into a gruelling bus journey from Tarapoto, a city on the edge of the Amazon in northern Peru, the bus carrying Irish citizens to Lima for a(...)

Adam Grennan visits the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Less than a year ago, Machu Picchu, the Amazonian jungle and the Bolivian salt flats seemed well out of reach for this 60-year-old. However, early ret(...)

 Liz Canavan, assistant secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach, speaks to reporters at  Government Buildings. Photograph: Collins

The grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham has been identified as a site of one of the temporary mortuary facilities that will be set up in the e(...)

Irish holidaymakers and emigrants are trying to get back to Ireland this week as the number of Covid-19 cases rises. Photograph: iStock

As the numbers diagnosed with coronavirus around the world continues to rise, countries are closing their borders. Flights have been cancelled and who(...)

Take a walk at Coucane Barra, and pass the entrance to St Finbarr’s Oratory and  the serene lake shore

Back in 2001, to protect our agriculture industry during the foot-and-mouth crisis, we were banned from visiting the hills, and Irish countryside gene(...)

File image of the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Foreign Affairs is in contact with “a number” of Irish citizens who are on board a cruise ship that has been denied entry to Chile. (...)

Carmen Castillo in Paris recently. Photograph: Andrew McLeish

The demonstrations that rocked Chile at the end of 2019 were a source of joy for the Franco-Chilean film-maker Carmen Castillo. France gave Castillo (...)

A file image from 2004 showing  Pope John Paul II (right) blessing Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican in  2004. Photograph: Reuters

Sexual abuse of minors was rife among superiors of the Legionaries of Christ Catholic religious order, with at least 60 boys abused by its founder Fat(...)

Empty chairs are pictured on the last day of the UN’s COP25 summit, in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

There is a terrible empty feeling following the outcome of the UN climate talks in Madrid. It could – and should – have been different. National self-(...)

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