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Desmond Connell in 2001. Photograph: PA

There we were locked out with lines upon lines of limoncello, arranged in glasses on whitest of white tablecloths, while the great and would-be-good f(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson walks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the grounds of Thornton Manor Hotel in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Noel Mullen/Government Press Office via Getty Images

Climbers on the notorious north face of the Eiger in Switzerland often battle against ferocious life-threatening storms while the village of Grindelwa(...)

Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings with Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Relatives of those killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, who have formed the Justice For The 21 group, were in Ireland to ask the Irish Governme(...)

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson attends the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference. Photograph: Oli Scarff / AFP

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has warned that British prime minister Boris Johnson’s proposals to replace the backstop should not be dismissed. They (...)

Ireland’s former ambassador to the US and Germany Michael Collins, who has retired after 46 years’ service. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Collins lists off figures that capture his lengthy career in the diplomatic service: 26 years abroad, 19 at home, almost 46 years in total, se(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson ‘is a smirking dilettante who fancies himself an intellectual’. File photograph: Getty

‘Stop treating all this like a game,” a frustrated Ken Clarke, veteran Tory MP, told Boris Johnson on the floor of the House of Commons recently. Cla(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media ahead of his meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At least he turned up when he said he would. Which counted as a good start. Supporters of the British prime minister may refuse to accept their man (...)

Still friends: Dublin and Kerry fans chat after the All-Ireland senior football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hearts faltered and we lost all semblance of sense and reason, but no dreams were harmed in the making of this All-Ireland epic. As supporters reeled(...)

Celebrating the 1994 IRA ceasefire in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The Provisional IRA called its ceasefire 25 years ago on this date (August 31st, 1994). There might be a memory that after more than 3,000 deaths, of (...)

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