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People gather to protest the resumption of federal executions near the US Penitentiary and execution chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana, US. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The US government has carried out the first federal execution in almost two decades, putting to death a man who killed an Arkansas family in the 1990s(...)

 Paul Townend rides Al Boum Photo to win the Gold Cup on the final day of last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph:  Getty Images

Tuesday 1.30 Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle Abacadabras (G Elliott) 4-1 Asterion Forlonge (W Mullins) 5-2 Berkshire Royal (W Mullins) 33-1 Captain Gu(...)

What used to be frozen is now thawing and is doing so remarkably quickly

Anyone considering a trip to Lapland and a chance to visit Santa’s headquarters this autumn? The elves and reindeer await you, but there is one ingred(...)

A portrait of William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922)  in 1917. Photograph: Albert Witzel/ Public Domain

Alfred Hitchcock once asserted that “When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise”. Yet whil(...)

In the shadow of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the Black Valley.  Photograph: Tom Fahy

The newly named Reeks District of Kerry has made it on to the Rough Guide list of top places to visit in 2019, joining a Chinese region known for its (...)

Vegetarian dishes proved very popular with readers at irishtimes.com during 2018

Let them eat cake . . . and scones, and pies, and cookies and crumble. The online community of cooks at The Irish Times has been baking up a storm dur(...)

Children help Cynthia Erickson decorate a lemon blueberry cake she made from a boxed cake mix at her home in Tanana,  central Alaska. People customise cakes with Sprite, rum, sea gull eggs and other available ingredients. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

In a modest boardinghouse on an Alaskan island just 30 miles across the sea from Russia, a handwritten order form hangs on the refrigerator. There are(...)

A scene from ‘The Young Offenders’, which topped the cinema nominations for this year’s Iftas, along with ‘The Siege of Jadotville’.

Two very different projects have topped the cinema nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Academy awards (Iftas). The Ifta nominations(...)

Gavan Hennigan will set off  on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Wednesday. Photograph: James Hearne/Digifluidproductions

A Galway man is preparing to set a new record by rowing across the Atlantic under 50 days. Gavan Hennigan (35), from Knocknacarra, will set off from (...)

With a total area of almost 10 million sq km (Ireland by comparison is just 84,431sq km), Canada is the second-largest country in the world – yes, (...)

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