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An illustration of China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft and Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars. Image: Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images

An uncrewed Chinese spacecraft successfully landed on the surface of Mars on Saturday, state news agency Xinhua reported, making China the second spac(...)

 Insolvency specialist Ken Fennell has worked through the ‘dark days’ of the 1980s, the Irish economy’s subsequent Celtic Tiger growth, the financial crash, and now Covid-19. ‘This will play out differently,’ he says.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

With signs that the Covid-19 tide may begin receding this year – albeit much later than many hoped six months ago – the Central Bank of Ireland and ot(...)

Dua Lipa: the pop star will be at Elton John’s online Oscars pre-party, before the Academy Awards highlights are shown on Monday evening

Cuirt International Festival of Literature Until Sunday, April 25th, free (pay what you can), cuirt.ie You couldn’t have written a stranger story than(...)

 Dublin Airport during Covid-19 lockdown.  ‘I suspect that at this stage there are few households that haven’t bent the rules to some extent. There’s only so much people can stick.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Do a quick Google on mental toughness and there are many breathless articles outlining 10-step programmes that will give you the cerebral equivalent o(...)

Ireland’s Beibhinn Parsons during training ahead of the Women’s Six Nations clash with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women’s Six Nations: Wales v Ireland Cardiff Arms Park, 5pm - Live RTÉ Two In a time of inclusivity and equal opportunity, rugby still has a long (...)

The MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, last month. Photograph: ©Maxar Technologies via AP

Who was not gripped by the unexpected drama of the Suez Canal? One very large ship and a big gust of wind and all of a sudden international shipping w(...)

Wear your mask. Photo: iStock

It is not uncommon for a major event or a significant year to give us new words. D-Day, Watergate (and almost any other word you can think of followed(...)

Scotland’s  Finn Russell  is shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes  during the Guinness Six Nations  match against France  at Stade de France. Photograph:Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Scotland’s win in Paris was a good result, for France. I’ll try to explain. There has been a recent whiff of something in the air, maybe arrogance? E(...)

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion: Before the solitary figure on the cross, we come face to face with ourselves and our world, our fragility, division and woundedness.

This time last year, Covid-19 entered our world like a bolt. As I concluded a packed Confirmation ceremony I was told new restrictions were coming int(...)

People watch as the Ever Given is refloated, unblocking the Suez Canal. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/Getty

A huge container ship blocking Egypt’s Suez Canal for nearly a week has been set free and is on the move, a salvage firm has said. Helped by the peak(...)

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