The results published in Nature debunk the modern image of the typical Viking both within Scandinavia and across Europe. Photograph: iStock

Some 1,300 years after Viking invaders from Scandinavia set foot in Ireland, DNA technology has enabled scientists to determine their genetic make-up.(...)

Billy O’Shea: ‘Beers are famously expensive here, costing around €10 per pint, but rents are not as high as in Dublin.’

Ireland was no place for young “adventurers” in the 1980s so musician Billy O’Shea left for Europe, settling down in Copenhagen. Having completed hi(...)

Despite letting its economy run unimpeded, Sweden still suffered business-destroying, prosperity-diminishing damage and at nearly the same magnitude of its neighbours. File photograph: Getty Images

Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden has captured international attention by conducting an unorthodox, open-air experiment. It has all(...)

 Visitors look at the animals in their enclosures at the Blaavand Zoo, in southwest Jutland, Denmark. Zoos reopened in the country late last week. Photograph: John Randeris/EPA

Denmark was one of the first European countries to close down its public spaces to stem the spread of coronavirus, shutting its borders, schools and r(...)

Katharina Ó Cathaoir with her father Brendan Ó Cathaoir, who worked for The Irish Times for 35 years.

“The death of a loved one is a strange, desolate experience,” my father wrote in this paper in December 2000. Nineteen years to the day, he lay dying (...)

It appears as though people simply aren’t in the humour for pratical jokes this April. Photograph: iStock

Round about now, in the normal world, we would be publishing a story detailing all the “hilarious” April Fool’s Day pranks played by newspapers on the(...)

Is Ireland the right place at the right time for phantom investments? The Minister for Business, Heather Humphreys pictured at IDA Ireland’s annual results last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

As talks on global corporate tax reform reach a crunch stage, the State’s reputation continues to take heavy hits. One recent report said that the bul(...)

Mette Frederiksen of the Danish Social Democrats: has agreed to reverse some of the strict immigration curbs adopted by the outgoing centre-right government. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Mette Frederiksen is to become Denmark’s youngest prime minister after her Social Democratic party agreed to soften its anti-immigration stance and fo(...)

Scientists say a discovery in Siberia could help unpick longstanding mysteries about the ancestors of native North Americans. File photograph: iStock

It was cold, remote and involved picking fights with woolly mammoths – but it seems Siberia 30,000 years ago was home to a hardy and previously unknow(...)

An alcohol-free trip to Vegas was the longest four-day junket of my life. Photograph: iStock

Two days after I found out I was pregnant, I was sent on an all-expenses press trip to Las Vegas (I’m not even remotely ashamed at this humongous brag(...)

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