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‘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(...)

Pie chart: One of William Playfair’s designs, representing the extent, population and revenue of the principal nations of Europe in 1804

I have a confession. I never actually considered the origin of graphs or pie charts. It never occurred to me that they had any history at all, I proba(...)

Scott McTominay: José Mourinho preferred the 21-year-old to Paul Pogba recently, dropping the Frenchman for the game against Sevilla. Photograph: Brunskill/Getty

The DW Fitness gym, Morecambe, northwest England, Tuesday night. Forty-eight hours after shackling Eden Hazard in Manchester United’s win over Chelsea(...)

Cars and lorries stuck on A1 between Morpeth and Alnwick as the severe weather conditions continue. Photograph: PA

Snowstorms forced Britain to call in the army to help battle some of the worst weather seen for nearly 30 years. After a blast of Siberian cold dubb(...)

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