Stephen Donnelly: the Minister for Health signed into law the statutory instrument  requiring pubs and restaurants to “retain and make available” to the Garda and the HSE all information on their customers – including the food they ordered – for 28 days.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The people who are managing the pandemic are only human. And one of the things that happens to humans after six months of relentless pressure is that (...)

Sunshine illuminates the back stone at the 5,000-year-old burial chamber at the start of the spring equinox at Loughcrew. Photograph: Alan Betson

Quartodecimanism, now there’s a word. All of 16 letters. One more than Ballaghaderreen. But not as meaningful! Quartodecimanism stands for “the 14th(...)

St Nicholas of Myra, said to be the inspiration for Santa Claus, as visualised after facial reconstruction by scientists in Liverpool

At last, it can be revealed what Santa Claus really looks like. Away with your Victorian or Coca Cola images. This is the real, real thing, as establi(...)