Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972). The mafia drama was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Oh no. The champion of the untrue truism is back. He’s pressing you into the corner of the train carriage and puffing up to bore-for-Europe dimensions(...)

Roddy Doyle: “Slagging is virtually always very affectionate.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The writer discovered this because, when he started writing The Commitments, he knew it was good. But No matter when or where his work is set, Doyl(...)

Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP via Getty

Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon, whose book The Shadow of the Wind sold more than 15 million copies, has died of cancer aged 55 in Los Angeles, his(...)

The Villa, East Main Street, Lismore, Co Waterford

Last week the Church of England sought to distance itself from a controversial decision by one of its ecclesiastical judges, who ruled that an Irish l(...)

Christian Cooper displays a video recording of Amy Cooper (no relation) on his smartphone in New York’s Central Park. Her reaction to being asked to put a leash on her dog was true Karen behaviour. Photograph: Brittainy Newman/The New York Times

We have reached peak Karen. Much has, over the past few days, been written about the troubling altercation between Christian Cooper and (no relation)(...)

Long Room, Trinity College Dublin. Ireland has a chequered relationship with copyright history. Throughout the 1700s, Dublin was a haven for book piracy.

The Roscommon-born writer and lawyer Arthur Murphy (1727–1805) is little remembered today, but he was a leading London barrister of his time and a suc(...)

The US boxer John Carmel Heenan fighting England’s Tom Sayers in 1860

Despite being contested by men named “Wilder” and “Fury”, the latest world heavyweight boxing title bout was a calmer affair than the one that inaugur(...)

Bonheur bronze of a horse and rider €2,000-€3,000

The contents of a Co Kildare farmhouse will feature in an auction by Sean Eacrett on February 18th at Fallon’s Restaurant in Kilcullen. New Park Hous(...)

Louie Bennett. She kept the union she founded independent of Liberty Hall and male unions on the basis that women’s concerns would always take second place in male-dominated unions.

Louie Bennett, who was born 150 years ago on January 7th, was well known in 20th-century Ireland as a feminist, trade unionist and journalist but it w(...)

Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly (left) in a study of sexual harassment at Fox News, with Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie

What a cornucopia of delights are coming our way in 2020. We offer a few warnings. One or two of these may slide into 2021. On the upside, the odd exc(...)

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