Protesters   in Madison, state capital of  Wisconsin,  in the aftermath of the  killing  of George Floyd  in police custody. Photograph: Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire

In Truman Capote’s dark but brilliant novel In Cold Blood, the author takes us on a trip through America’s landscape. From the murder of the Clutter (...)

Gloriously daft: Steve Martin as Dr Hfuhruhurr in The Man with Two Brains

He’s a master of slapstick, a surrealist clown, the don of comic film roles from Roxanne to The Jerk. As he turns 75, comics including Sarah Silverman(...)

The Downs, Ballycuggaran, Ogonnoloe, Killaloe, Co Clare

A thousand years ago the village of Killaloe in Co Clare was considered the capital of Ireland. It is the birthplace of the Munster warlord Bria(...)

A2 Architects at Close Encounter at the Glucksman Cork Cork. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda

The popularity of Open House, the worldwide free architecture festival, shows the huge level of interest in how, and where, we live and work or, at th(...)

The Kirwans’ open-plan livnig space

Co Wicklow residents Joyce and Jonathan Kirwan were just about to embark on a big extension and refurbishment of their family home, when their plans t(...)

Concrete jungle: the US embassy in Dublin, designed by John M Johansen and completed in 1964. Photograph: Paul Tierney/Dublin City Council

Ugly, hated and dated, it can feel as if the years between 1940 and 1970 were wilderness ones in Ireland: decades that taste and time forgot. As our n(...)

Jack O’Hare: architect, writer and teacher. Photograph: Patrick Browne

After a busy career, 99-year-old Jack O’Hare is leading a quieter life these days in the small apartment he and his wife, Peggy, share at Havenwood Re(...)

St Brendan’s Community School: from an era when Modernist structures popped up unexpectedly

We need more homes. We need more schools. Listening to Government apologists, it’s tempting to see these as intractable problems, or issues for that o(...)

McDowell Mountain Preserve, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Some places are iconic: spots so mythologised by films and TV that it can be easy to feel disappointed with the real thing. Being in such places can b(...)

Something for every garden enthusiast at Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Over the last 11 years it’s become one of the most anticipated highlights of the Irish horticultural year, a great coming together of nursery growers,(...)

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