We now know  how to crush the virus while we wait for mass vaccination to take effect.  Photograph: Johnny Milano/Bloomberg

If Ireland was a comedy club, we could call it Tragedy Improv. Policymaking has been essentially ad lib. Whose line is it anyway? The Government’s? Np(...)

Francie and Kathleen Marry on their wedding day.  Family members say they looked like Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at irishtimes.com/covid-19-li(...)

 Bob Dylan performing at Hyde Park,  London in July last year. File photo:  Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

A few years ago, sitting beneath shade trees in Saratoga Springs, New York, I had a two-hour discussion with Bob Dylan that touched on Malcolm X, the (...)

The Unesco-listed ancient Roman site in Baalbek, Lebanon:  lacks the  tourists such an attraction would draw  elsewhere. Photograph: Joseph O’Connor

I should have known when I contacted the Palmyra Hotel in Baalbek before my visit to Lebanon that, for the proprietors, it was business as usual. Afte(...)

Clara Schumann: visited Ireland at least once, to play concerts in Dublin in 1856

In the great Gershwin jazz opera Porgy and Bess, it’s one of the supporting characters – Clara – who gets to sing the stand-out song. She was present (...)

Trumpeter Ryan Quigley, who brings ‘Ella & Louis: Porgy & Bess’ to the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 11th.

Saturday, September 7th Honor Heffernan: The Whistling Girl High Tide Club, Castletown Bearhaven, Cork Composer Trevor Knight’s setting of the word(...)

We must turn lawns into meadows to encourage threatened pollinators. Photograph:  Getty

I was planning to do some strimming when my wife said we should plant Comfrey. Eager for distraction I looked it up. A bit like a mauve bluebell, it’s(...)

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon on July 20th, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Photograph: Nasa/Liaison

There are constant clicks and beeps, a steady background hiss of static both from the fact that the signal had to travel nearly 400,000km there and 40(...)

Richard Roper sets up a compelling mystery from the beginning of his debut novel

Here’s a challenge: try to get through Richard Roper’s debut novel Something to Live For without humming Blue Moon. The charming, touching story about(...)

Some years the cherry tree, depending on its humour, reminds me of  Ella (Fitzgerald) blooming in a triumphant blaze of dazzling white. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns

I was planning to do some strimming when my wife said we should plant comfrey. Eager for distraction I looked it up. A bit like a mauve bluebell it’s (...)

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