Colin Stafford Johnson: “Walking along the Seine in May is special”. Photo: Matt Loughrey

Current favourite book I recently picked up David Attenborough’s Life on Earth. I haven’t read it for about 20 years, and it’s interesting to read no(...)

Plastic bottles washed up by the sea. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Like many people I spent the Christmas holidays last year binge-watching Blue Planet 2 and gasping in horror at the vivid tragedy of plastic pollution(...)

20/08/2018 Rian Shah (7) from Gaelscoil Mide Kilbarrack with an Orangutan hand during the launch of the new Discovery and Learning Centre at Dublin Zoo. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

At the back wall of Dublin Zoo’s new Discovery and Learning Centre two stuffed lions glare out ominously from behind a glass screen, one of them a che(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey and President Mary Robinson greeted by Lieutenant General James Parker, Chief of Staff, on arrival outside the GPO in 1991. Photograph: Jack McManus

The release of British Government files from the UK National Archives in Kew are often as of much interest to Irish historians as they are to British (...)

 Tipperary’s Orla O’Dwyer: dual players like her are consistently facing and making   unnecessary decisions. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The last weekend in camogie and football kind of reminded me of a speech by Michael Healy-Rae in the Dáil. There have been loads of weird, wild, wacky(...)

For a quarter of a century, the photographer and documentarian Lauren Greenfield has carved out a compelling niche as the David Attenborough of the su(...)

John Mahon, group operations manager, One4all.
The lighter side

What business person do you most admire? Willie Walsh, an Irishman who worked his way through the ranks to become leader of a major international org(...)

The RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research ship’s hull is launched in the river Mersey, England. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

David Attenborough has said he was “extraordinarily emotional” as he launched the hull of a polar research ship named after him into the water for the(...)

Ocean’s 8: one of the big summer movies

The Graham Norton Show Friday, BBC One, 10.45pm Tonight it’s all about the all-female Ocean’s 8 crime caper. On the sofa are Hollywood star Sandra Bul(...)

Winner of best supporting actor Brían F O’Byrne poses in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Photograph: Ian West/PA

There were two Irish successes at the Bafta TV awards on Sunday night. Cavan man Brian F O’Byrne took home a Bafta for best supporting actor for his (...)

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