The conference will also feature performances from Grammy-award-winning Rhiannon Giddens and Sorcha Richardson

Chief Justice Frank Clarke. aerospace engineer and economist Sinéad O’Sullivan, and writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan and are among the line(...)

Team winner Hugh Guidera from TCD Phil during the Irish Times Debate Final in 2015 held at Maynooth University. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

1960 “That this house regrets the divergence of the sciences from the humanities in the modern university.” Team winner: Charles Lysaght and Aidan B(...)

The HSE has worked with Twitter on the launch of a tool that will proactively point people to credible health information about vaccinations. Photograph: iStock

Reviewing Ida Milne’s Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-19, Christopher Kissane notes that a century ago Spanish in(...)

St James Church in Dingle, venue for many sublime Other Voices gigs

What started off solely as a Dingle-based music event celebrating the emergence of left-of-centre Irish songwriters has, some 18 years later, morphed (...)

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets with the Vatican ambassador. File photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

“We behold with sorrow,” wrote Achille Ratti (the new Pope Pius XI) in 1922, “society lapsing back slowly but surely into a state of barbarism.” Despi(...)

President Michael D Higgins and others at Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum, at the CHQ Building, Dublin: We should be proactive in sharing our positive migration story – the successes of the Irish diaspora and the flourishing diversity of a new Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Few nations on earth have been as marked by migration as Ireland over the past two centuries. Millions have left these shores and been scattered all a(...)

“There would be a Pandora’s box of symbolic issues, from flags to language,  that could require negotiation.”
How a united Ireland would work

With the spectre of a new hard Border haunting the island, the recently dormant question of Irish unity has received renewed attention. Unification wa(...)

“Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’ will now join the long list of ironic British euphemisms.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA

As it would often remind the rest of the world, Britain has for a very long time been what James Joyce once remarked that Ireland was not: a “logical (...)

The rush of UK citizens seeking Irish nationality in the wake of the Brexit referendum has caused concern to many. Writing in this paper, Christophe(...)

US President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Photograph: Victor  Blue/Bloomberg

1. Barack Obama calls Donald Trump a ‘homegrown demogogue’ US President Barack Obama raised the stakes in November’s presidential election into a d(...)

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