The facade of McCarthy’s Irish Bar, in Lexington, Kentucky. The Irish pub is a brilliant and easy to understand indicator of globalisation. Photograph: Richard Cummins/Lonely Planet/Getty

In his hilarious and award-winning novel Absurdistan, the American writer Gary Shteyngart tells the story of Misha Vainburg, son of the 1,238th riches(...)

The Illawarra Pipe Band perform during the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Sydney: why couldn’t the diaspora’s Australian senator use the Irish embassy in Canberra as his or her administrative base and for video links to meetings of the chamber? Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

As the Oireachtas reconvenes, the newly elected members of Seanad Éireann have been fast off the mark in pushing the proposed reforms of the second ch(...)

Healy Mac’s Bar in Kuala Lumpur, winner of the Best Irish Pub in the World (Outside Ireland) Irish Times competition. Photograph: Aepulusia Maxcrazy

Healy Mac’s in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has won the Best Irish Pub in the World (Outside Ireland) competition. The pub won for its commit(...)

In February, we asked Irish people around the world to write a ‘love letter’ to their favourite Irish pub overseas. Over the course of the month, more than 1,500 people in 41 countries wrote to us.

An Irish Times search for the world’s best Irish pub (outside Ireland) has named its top 10. They are: the Auld Shillelagh, London, UK; Bubbles O’L(...)

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. Why? Because the best Irish pubs(...)