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Empty shelves in a supermarket during Storm Emma. Photograph: Reuters / Clodagh Kilcoyne

“There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy,” said the American writer Alfred Henry Lewis in a distinctly alarming piece written more than (...)

Wesley Nolan (39) became the first deaf Irish person to swim the English Channel last summer.  Photograph: Wesley Nolan

Last summer Wesley Nolan (39) became the first deaf Irish person to swim the English Channel. This was an achievement in itself, but made even great(...)

London children:  we played the same games and watched the same TV programmes and listened to the same pop songs

London that summer had a sort of heat I’d never experienced in Ireland, the dense, closed-in kind you get only in very big cities. It was 1969, I was (...)

‘I’m very aware of all sorts of angles on this relating to Brexit, to Ireland, and to the Border,’ says composer Neil Martin

The mythical 7th-century tale of a wandering bird man, suffering from what might now be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder, is the source of (...)

Scrabble family: “It’s an education for young people and adults, too,” says Lukeman Owolabi, who plays with his wife, Lucia, and their three children, Nicole, Mikel and Daniel. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Lukeman Owolabi was a teenager when he started playing Scrabble. Every evening after school the young Nigerian would gather with friends and, with the(...)

The consistently high performance of the Irish scrum has been a revelation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are many eternal truths in rugby. The first is that ‘forwards win matches, backs decide by how much’. While Jonny Sexton’s Parisian drop goal (...)

Crash site: coastguards watch the wreckage-recovery operation in Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Lightkeeper Vincent Sweeney has made many cups of tea for visitors on dark and stormy nights with westerly winds sweeping through the natural amphithe(...)

Phoenix Park in springtime. Average temperatures in Ireland for the last fortnight are down four degrees on normal for the time of year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

After as long a winter as anybody can remember, spring will finally arrive this weekend, but only temporarily. Temperatures will rise to between 11 (...)

Artist and owner Paddy Campbell in the new James Joyce room in Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Bewley’s on Grafton Street is set to double its capacity from Thursday morning with the opening of the upper floors of its famous cafe. This will al(...)

Neil McNab in his playing days for Manchester City in 1985. He made a total of 260 appearances for the club and was one of their finest players during that decade. Photograph:  Mark Leech/Getty Images

Taking possession near the right-hand touchline, Neil McNab cut in towards the penalty box. As the Huddersfield Town defenders backed off, he switche(...)

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