Harvey Keitel was originally cast in the lead role but, deemed unacceptable, was replaced by Martin Sheen (above)

Forty years ago this week, Francis Ford Coppola finally premiered Apocalypse Now at the Cannes film festival. The movie had been mooted a decade earli(...)

Michael Collins at the launch of the Dáil loan, surrounded by many prominent figures from the Irish revolution including the mother of Patrick Pearse and the widows of Tom Clarke and Eamon Ceannt. Source: Irish Film Institute

On April 4th, 1919, Michael Collins’s motion to Dáil Éireann to approve a £250,000 Dáil loan was approved. Nothing was left to chance by the newly a(...)

Snow drifts make roads virtually impassable in Rathmore, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Seargent

The Irish Times, Thursday, March 1st, 2018: ‘People urged to stay indoors for blizzard’. That was the front page of our newspaper on this day last ye(...)

Fiona Hyde on top of Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang, Laos. You can add that to the list of places she’s been

For me, one of the most surprising things about travelling is how boring some of the conversations you wind up having can be. With locals and fellow b(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping  in Beijing.  The absence of an international rival has been a disaster for the internal politics of the US. And the emergence of a new one, in China, might be an unexpected blessing. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Images

Outside this columnist’s residence in Washington, the power centre of the world, are potholes the approximate depth and radius of elephant footprints.(...)

`The Chief’, 1919. Eamon de Valera wearing a native American ceremonial head-dress.  Photograph: taken from Judging Dev, by Diarmaid Ferriter, published by Royal Irish Academy

How might we best understand – and commemorate – the revolution that occurred in Ireland a century ago? Was it largely determined by events on the isl(...)

From left clockwise: Conor McGregor, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Elon Musk and Peter Casey. Photograph: Agencies

The inventor of Krispy Kreme Donuts When the Irish moved entirely to a Krispy Kreme diet, I said that it was short-sighted. As usual, the people of I(...)

Visitors walk along the 150m Cau Vang, or  Golden Bridge, in the Ba Na Hills near Danang, Vietnam. Photograph: Linh  Pham/AFP/Getty Images

In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has(...)

The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain. After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame

UK London to Fort William Duration: 419 miles/13hr Price (single): From £45/€51. The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the (...)

Bring booze. Bring more booze than you need. Do not arrive with a four-pack of Carling and decide, on an whim, to rinse through the host’s carefully curated craft beer collection

A decade ago, that monitor of good manners, the Telegraph, was already mourning the demise of the classic dinner party. Last year, Nigella Lawson, who(...)

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