Diarmaid Ferriter will be among those exploring the concepts of facts, truth and how we form perceptions of the world in a broadcast live from the National Gallery of Ireland.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

The concepts of facts, truth and how we form perceptions of the world will be explored on Tuesday night, in a broadcast live from the National Gallery(...)

“China is at the forefront of academic research in many disciplines and the second-biggest economy in the world. The possibilities for collaboration would be exciting if the price tag were not selective blindness to human-rights abuses.” Photograph: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

President Michael D Higgins gave a stirring address at an online conference on academic freedom this week. He suggested we are in danger of losing not(...)

Seán Lemass:   The right way to commemorate him is to rename Dublin Airport “Seán Lemass Airport” or “Lemass Airport”.

May 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Seán Lemass. There has been a lot of activity, both in writing and in statements, about the event(...)

Tuam: ‘That job belonged to Tuam historian Catherine Corless and to the women and surviving children who, in a very changed society, had the strength to speak out.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

This week’s column is not about the natural world. Before I began writing Another Life from the west of Ireland, I worked in Dublin as an Irish Times (...)

‘We’ll not allow the corruption to steal such an important election’: Donald Trump speaks at a  White House briefing. Photograph: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is closing in on victory this morning as the race to count votes in Georgia and Pennsylvania continued overnight.   Donald Trump’s lea(...)

President Michael D. Higgins  at Aras an Uachtarain. Photograph: Frank Miller

Reprisal-based violence was a key element of the military imperialist strategy throughout the British Empire, President Michael D Higgins has said. W(...)

Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Séan O’Rourke began his career at the Connacht Tribune in the early 1970s before later moving to the Sunday Press. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ radio stalwart Seán O’Rourke began his last day on the air by hinting he “had a bit more in the tank” and that his retirement is only partial. T(...)

UCD’s Belfield campus: Concerns have been expressed its academic leadership is letting down its people, its values and its mission. Photograph: Alan Betson

University College Dublin (UCD) has dropped proposed changes to its academic freedom policy to allow for “different interpretations” of the concept du(...)

The Boomtown Rats: Ireland’s original all-conquering rockers. Photograph: Ian Dickson/Redferns

Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats were, Thin Lizzy-excepted, Ireland’s original all-conquering rockers. Back when U2 were just a twinkle in the eye of (...)

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