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Strictly Handbag hadn’t been Martin Thomas’s first rodeo – before Strictly Handbag, he had started a club night in Powers Hotel.

In 1994, Ireland found itself in rare auld times indeed. The country wasn’t just at the foothill of the Celtic Tiger, but wider curiosity in our cultu(...)

American  abolitionist Frederick Douglass, circa 1880. Photograph: MPI/Getty Images

On May 23rd, 2011, US president Barack Obama spoke about slavery and oppression to a crowd of up to 60,000 people in College Green in Dublin. “When we(...)

The Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships begin September 23rd at  Birr Castle Gardens.  Brenda Fitzsimons

Up, up and away  Look to the skies this week as Birr Castle Gardens hosts the 48th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships. About 30 ballo(...)

John Hume’s wife Pat pictured in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere of ‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ last November. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Last Sunday, residents of the small town of Springfield, Massachusetts gathered for a screening of Maurice Fitzpatrick’s In the Name of Peace: John Hu(...)

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein called the New York Times story “inaccurate and factually incorrect” and said the anonymous sources behind it were “advancing their own personal agenda”. Photograph: Pete Marovich/New York Times

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein suggested recording President Donald Trump secretly and encouraged aides to invoke the 25th amendment to rem(...)

Sterling plunged more than 1 per cent against the euro to close at €1.113. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Investors fled sterling after British premier Theresa May signalled that the UK could depart the European Union without a deal, potentially locking it(...)

Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province: Tensions between Uighurs and the ethnic Han majority in China have intensified, and hundreds have died in terror attacks and unrest. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

Social stability in Xinjiang has been “hard-won”, China’s public security minister has said, calling for greater “reform through education” for prison(...)

“Drug treatment is indicated for those with proven disease or at high risk of developing disease when diet and lifestyle interventions don’t sufficiently reduce LDL levels,” Prof Vincent Maher  explains. Photograph: Getty Images

Drug treatment, such as use of statins, works for those with proven heart and vascular disease, or at high risk of developing it when diet and lifesty(...)

Denis O’Sullivan managing director of Gas Networks Ireland. “We connect between 13,000 and 14,000 new customers a year, and we operate one of the safest and most reliable networks in Europe.” Photograph:  Shane O’Neill

Denis O’Sullivan may have an answer to a quandary facing Irish agriculture. Our beef and dairy industries have drawn flak as a source of greenhouse ga(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing details of the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government’s broadband plans were mired in enough controversy before Denis O’Brien’s Actavo, formerly Siteserv, emerged this week as part of the f(...)

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