Real Irish

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The Irish passport is ‘a representation of a real Irish person’, according to Fiona Penollar, who  heads the Passport Service. Photograph: Frank Miller

Lefortovo Prison in Moscow is named after a close ally of Tsar Peter The Great. During Stalin’s “Great Purge” in the late 1930s it served as a torture(...)

Grainne Kelliher: “Eating, drinking and giving in moderation doesn’t mean a lesser Christmas.”

I like nice stuff as much as the next person, but with Christmas already flaunting its baubles and the Black Friday sweats creeping in, I’m thinking t(...)

The Maori have tribal tattoos; the Indians have henna skin dye. We prefer to adorn ourselves with sun damage from neck to ears and fingertip to bicep

On Saturday afternoon at the Body & Soul Festival, I’m hosting an Irish Times panel all about Irish culture with comedian Alison Spittle, writer E(...)

Nationally, the Garda has admitted that 147,000 people were wrongly summoned to court over alleged notice offences and that 10 per cent of them were convicted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last December, Judge Patrick Durcan, a man not shy about articulating his frustration at loopholes in the penalty points system, sat in Ennis District(...)

Brenda Fricker as the quintessential Irish Mammy, Bridget Fagan Brown, in My Left Foot

“Irish Mammy”: two small words – but one magnificent and treasured institution. As stereotypes go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more enduring and(...)

Santa Claus school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week: It’s easy to forget what Christmas is about, which is Santa Clause travelling to Bethlehem and climbing down the stable’s chimney. Photograph: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty

Aldi: Given the season that’s in it, the letter A should really stand for Advent – and in another, more godly world, it does. But in the world(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles arrived at the National University of Ireland in Galwayon Tuesday, May 18th.  Photograph: Darren Staples/Retuers

“Mr Flanagan, a daoine uaiseala (Ladies and gentlemen),I must just say, before going any further, what a treat it was to hear real Irish music - one c(...)

Tractors on main street: rural Ireland - to know it is to love it.

Those of you who left the big smoke and went to the Ploughing Championships will know that things change when you leave Ireland’s big cities, particul(...)

Based on a study of the Irish housing market over three decades, the ESRI said prices – which rose by nearly 16 per cent in Dublin and 6 per cent nationally last year – had still not fully recovered from the preceding period of economic upheaval. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

House prices are still undervalued by up to 27 per cent despite the recent recovery in market values, according to the Economic and Social Research In(...)

The company, which was established 15 years ago by husband and wife team Dan and Linda Kiely with just six staff members, is now a leading exporter of business process outsourcing, operating in 12 languages.

Three hundred and fifty jobs have been announced at the business outsourcing company Voxpro in Cork today, expanding its workforce from 500 to 850 peo(...)

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