Is there really so much to celebrate? Photograph: Getty

Here’s my story. Last November we thought we might go away in the new year. Just a night or two. Perhaps one of those old country piles you find in th(...)

When did everyone in Ireland start using the vowel “o” in a certain single-syllable version of the informal term for mother? Did I miss a meeting at w(...)

Overall winners: Martin Woods, developer engineer at Aid:Tech; Minister of State for Trade, Employment, and Business, Pat Breen; Niall Dennehy, co-founder of Aid:Tech; Danny Curran, Aid:Tech director of growth; Nicola Paoli, Aid:Tech’s blockchain developer; and Irish Times columnist and MC for the night David McWilliams. The company also won the IT and Fintech category, sponsored by KPMG.

Joe Thompson completed the renowned 151-mile Moroccan desert marathon in 2009, collecting money for charity. Then the money he raised disappeared. Fi(...)

Since 1970, there has been an average decline of 60 per cent in populations of birds, mammals, fish and amphibians. In people terms, that’s equivalent to the populations of Africa, Europe, China, Oceania and both the Americas Photograph: Tilo Nadler/Conservation International/PA Wire

It has been a depressing month to be a human, and I’m not just talking about the political eutrophication to the east and west of our shores. The Worl(...)

David McWilliams  with director Lenny Abrahamson and Bono at the launch of McWilliams’ new book ‘Renaissance Nation’ in Dublin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

David McWilliams has the “gift of being able to take very simple things and make them complicated” joked Bono, at the launch of the economist’s latest(...)

John Reynolds (left) owner of Pod nightclub, and Robbie Fox, owner of Renards, at a press conference in 2003. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

John Reynolds’s death at 52 has been met with disbelief in the music business and among his circle of friends, colleagues and acquaintances. It’s ha(...)

The test card had been transmitting for 12 days before the Indian summer’s Sunday when taoiseach Bertie Ahern pushed the button that put TV3 on air. I(...)

Columnists Fintan O’Toole, Una Mullally and David McWilliams perform “extremely well” among Irish and UK listeners

Irish media start-up Noa has secured a second tranche of seed funding as part of a three-stage process that will ultimately raise €800,000 for the bus(...)

Claire Brock will present the new 8pm news bulletin on Virgin Media One (TV3). Photograph: Brian McEvoy

News and current affairs will be boosted and there will be a Reeling in the Years-style look back at Ireland’s recent past in the first autumn season (...)

Pope Francis blesses a child in Saint Peter’s Square: Irish Catholics  have to deal with  a kind of casual sectarianism that the cultural elite would find unthinkable in relation to Muslims. Photograph: Tony Gentile

The news reports when Pope Francis comes to Ireland in August will be utterly predictable. There will be the “nothing like 1979” articles written by p(...)

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