Vernon Mount was built in 1784 for a prominent Cork merchant and is understood to have been designed by architect Abraham Hargrave

Cork County Council has defended its decision not to seek a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on historic Vernon Mount House in Cork which was badly dam(...)

Emergency services attend the scene of the fire at Vernon Mount  in Cork on Sunday night. Photograph: Brian McMahon via Twitter

Heritage and conservation groups expressed their shock and dismay on Monday after a stately home on the outskirts of Cork city was destroyed in a fire(...)

A police officer places flowers on a memorial outside Our Lady of the Lake Regional Hospital after three police officers  were shot and killed in an ambush by former US marine sergeant Gavin Long. Photograph:  Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The former US marine sergeant who shot dead three police officers and wounded three others in Louisiana on Sunday was actively targeting the officers,(...)

Manuel Miranda, centre, with Daveed Diggs, in Hamilton. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

In May 2009 Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 29-year-old son of Puerto Rican immigrants, was invited to perform at the White House. Instead of singing from hi(...)

 Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher  reads the 1916 Proclamation at the ceremony in Washington

The first statue ever created of Irish revolutionary Robert Emmet has been re-dedicated in Washington DC at a ceremony that also jointly marked the ce(...)

A US Library of Congress image of Harriet Tubman, shown between 1860 and 1875.

Move over, Andrew Jackson. Abolitionist and women’s rights crusader Harriet Tubman will replace the former US president on the front of the new $20 bi(...)

Irish ambassador Anne Anderson said the membership was rare occasions ‘when we feel the ground shift and witness the arc of history bend a little’. File photograph: Marty Katz

Irish ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson became the first woman member to be admitted into one of the country’s oldest Irish societies, the(...)

The US court has told Apple to write a piece of software that lowers an iPhone’s defences, enabling the FBI to use brute force to break in by bombarding the device with many possible passwords until it gets the right answer.

What has Apple been ordered to do? The US court has told Apple to write a piece of software that lowers an iPhone’s defences, enabling the FBI to use(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin:  said Taoiseach Enda Kenny “breaks promise after promise, believing that media management will take care of everything’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin launched a strong attack on the Taoiseach following the Government’s decision to abandon its proposed method of un(...)

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne: will captain two teams of former greats in a Twenty20 game at the New York Mets’ Citifield. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times)

In Cork-born Joseph O’Neill’s celebrated novel Netherland, a Trinidadian dreamer named Chuck Ramkissoon aspires to building a world-class cricket stad(...)

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