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Kerry’s Sean Ó Sé and Paul Brennan of Donegal. The counties meet again at Croke Park next Sunday. PhotographCathal Noonan/Inpho

All of 37 years since his father PJ refereed the All-Ireland final that famously settled the last attempt at five-in-a-row, Paraic McGrath will take t(...)

Former US first lady Lady Bird Johnson (polka-dot dress), her husband former president Lyndon B Johnson (dark suit) and former vice-president Spiro T Agnew (holding glass, far right)  at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, watching the launch of  Apollo 11  on its mission to carry out the first  manned lunar landing. Photograph: National Geographic/Getty Images

There has been a lot in the media over the past weeks as we close in like a moon lander on the 50th anniversary of the first touchdown by a human on t(...)

The Reform Party candidate  Ross Perot addresses  a Christian Coalition conference in Washington during the 1996 US presidential election campaign. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

H Ross Perot, the feisty Texas technology billionaire who rattled US politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a c(...)

 Donald Trump looks on during the ‘Salute to America’ 4th of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP

With US fighter jets flying overhead, president Donald Trump praised the military and reveled in a show of pomp and patriotism on Thursday in a celebr(...)

Janan Ganesh: ‘The populist shock has enlarged and intensified a liberal movement that was atrophying through sheer lack of stress.’ Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect, the US ceased its economic embargo on Vietnam after two bitter decades and Madonna (...)

Yvonne and Shannon Kinsella. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Yvonne Kinsella had watched broken-hearted when her daughter Shannon lost her hair, supporting her as she struggled to cope. Thirteen years later, whe(...)

‘As for the travails of Monaghan GAA supporters, I would hesitate to compare the seven years we had Malachy O’Rourke (above) as manager –a period that ended last Saturday night – with the time James Stockdale spent in the Hanoi Hilton. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘It’s the hope that kills you,” is a phrase that will probably have been uttered by fans of all Gaelic football-playing counties except one by the end(...)

Joe Biden: To his mind, Republicans and Democrats feud more out of muscle memory than principle. Photograph: Randall Hill/Reuters

At no point in Romeo and Juliet does Shakespeare explain the “ancient grudge” between the Montagues and the Capulets. The great seer into the soul lea(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reads a letter from US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

US president Donald Trump has sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong–un, who described its contents as “excellent”. The Korean Central News Ag(...)

Ben Johnson. Warren Oates, William Holden, and  Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch. Photograph:  Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Present day audiences remember Sam Peckinpah’s western The Wild Bunch for its blood, but no less shocking is the film’s moral carnage. Two orgies of b(...)

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