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Bhisasha ‘Paddy’ Chayangpath: ‘Asian women are fetishised so much.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

After growing up on the 15th floor of an apartment block in downtown Bangkok, Bhisasha Chayangpath, who goes by the nickname Paddy, wanted “a breath o(...)

Dr Michael Hefferon, paediatrician, and professor at Queens University, Ontario, Canada, pictured in front of the former St. Ultan’s Infant hospital on Charlemont St. in Dublin, founded in 1919.Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Do teething and fever go hand in hand? Can classical music raise your IQ? Were vampires really just sick people? These are just some of the questions(...)

Headless horseman pursuing Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvine. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Halloween is fast approaching and it’s time to delve back in the origins of Irish traditions and explore how Samhain became Halloween. Irish ghost st(...)

 Bram Stoker: exhibition focuses on books and pamphlets he consulted at Marsh’s Library. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Getty Images

‘Bram Stoker and the Haunting of Marsh’s Library” is the tantalising and well-timed title of an exhibition now running at that Dublin venue through Ha(...)

Philip Glass: ‘Moving furniture was a perfect job.’ Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

In late October avant-garde composer, opera creator and musician Philip Glass will undertake a residency at the National Concert Hall that will includ(...)

Cnoc na dTobar pilgrim path in Co Kerry

Irish tourism is booming; a whopping 9.5 million visitors came from overseas last year, almost double our national population. Domestic holidaymakers (...)

Lafcadio Hearn, shown with his wife, Koizumi Setsu. A writer of mixed Greek and Anglo-Irish blood, Hearn became the chief interpreter of the Japanese way of life to the West

One hundred and fifteen years after his death, Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese ghost stories have not lost their power to shock and enthral. The reader of (...)

Almost any woman you would meet by chance, she asserts, would make a better husband than almost any man ever born, according to English actor Ellen Terry. Photograph: iStock

“Know a man for 15 minutes and you know him for life, he will never surprise you again, he wouldn’t know how to; asking would only frighten him.” Thi(...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Recovering a body from the General Slocum excursion steamer disaster in New York

In New York’s East River, between Manhattan and Queen’s, is a narrow tidal strait called Hell Gate. The name is apt, if accidentally so, because in th(...)

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