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St Mary’s cathedral in Nagasaki was once the biggest Christian church in the Far East

It’s a fun fact, useful to know if you do table quizzes, that the only real country visited by the hero of Gulliver’s Travels is Japan.   That o(...)

A reconstruction of what the 325-million year-old tetrapod would have looked like and (inset) the bones uncovered in Co Clare. Image: Dr Eamon Doyle

The fossilised bones of a 325-million-year-old amphibian have been discovered in Co Clare. Geologist Dr Eamon Doyle stumbled upon the small fossilise(...)

Visitors will no longer be able to scale the Australian landmark, formerly known as Ayers Rock, from October 26th.

Thousands of people are rushing to climb Australia’s Uluru, ignoring the calls of indigenous people to stay off what they consider a sacred monolith, (...)

 A handout photo made available on Saturday by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) shows two elephants that are expected to survive after falling into Haew Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Photograph: EPA

A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging water in Thailand’s national park, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two animals out of a dee(...)

A Science Museum can cross disciplines, make and catalyse connections, thus creating a space for new scientific-magic to happen. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

The opening of The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) last night shows what can be done when vision, determination, resources and good old-fashioned (...)

Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

If walls could talk, they’d whisper stories, putting tales and characters into your head: which is, of course, exactly what a good book does. Books in(...)

A  red snapper on the  Great Barrier Reef in  Australia. The reef is the world’s largest living structure and has become a potent symbol of the damage wrought by climate change.   Photograph:  Reinhard Dirscherl\ullstein bild via Getty Images

Australia has downgraded the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef to “very poor” for the first time, highlighting a fierce battle between environmental (...)

Gayle Pierce met her Belgian husband in an Irish bar in Mechelen in Belgium watching Ireland beat Wales in the 2014 Six Nations.

Gayle Pierce grew up in Tallaght in Dublin and has been living in Mechelen since June 2015. She met her Flemish husband on a work trip to Me(...)

Bairbre Duggan in Amsterdam where she has lived for 20 years

Bairbre Duggan has been living in Amsterdam for 20 years. Initially drawn by the prospect of spending a few years living in another country, the easy (...)

Murals in Republican and loyalist areas can give a one-sided view of the conflict, anti-terrorism experts say. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Romanticising the Troubles in Northern Ireland is contributing to the risk of a return to violence, experts have warned. Some 40 per cent of people i(...)

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