French former culture minister and newly elected head of Unesco Audrey Azoulay: she was chosen by the UN body’s 58-member executive council after five rounds of voting. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The election of Audrey Azoulay as director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on October 13th w(...)

Cycling on the beach at Jurmala, Latvia – not as easy as it looks

There are, broadly speaking, two types of cycling holidays. There’s those cyclists you see on, say, the Beara Peninsula, slogging uphill with packed p(...)

John Kelly, the White House chief-of-staff, said that US president Donald Trump  was “deep in thought, to say the least, about the way ahead in Iran”. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump will announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal on Friday as the president comes under mounting pressure not to abandon (...)

The statue of James Joyce off O’Connell Street. In a modern day Ireland where Irish writers in the English language would be seen as an unfortunate blip in a living literature 2,000 years old, where would Joyce fit in? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I had the extremely disconcerting experience recently of sitting through an academic conference in Prague that was being conducted in two languages I (...)

Darragh Conboy and John Connolly of Hazel Mountain Chocolate

The Burren’s Wild Honey Inn this week became the first pub in Ireland to win a Michelin star. With an appetite for sourcing fresh produce from indigen(...)

The weaver’s sword found at the site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork city. Photograph: courtesy of BAM Ireland

A 1,000-year-old Viking weaver’s sword has been discovered by archaeologists at the historic site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork c(...)

Jean O’Sullivan at the marché d’Aligre in Paris.

Jean O’Sullivan, who has died aged 63, was a central figure in the Irish community in Paris for more than three decades, during which she also led a s(...)

With only 500 permits available per day,  travellers are urged to book the trek, which ends at the 550-year old Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Photograph: Getty Images

Anyone hoping to trek the Inca Trail in 2018 better start planning, as permits are about to be released – four months earlier than usual. Until this (...)

Michael Healy-Rae said the invasive species threatened Killarney National Park’s Unesco biosphere reserve designation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Anne Lucey Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae has repeated his call for the Army to tackle the rhododendron infestation which now covers a third(...)

Frank Schneemelcher in his Quedlinburg workshop. Photograph: Derek Scally

When the Vatican needs to restore historic stained-glass windows, it dials Q for Quedlinburg. Three hours southwest of Berlin, the eastern German to(...)