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Curraghmore House, Portlaw, Co Waterford.

It was a marriage that created one of the most powerful political dynasties in Ireland in the 18th century and now it’s to be commemorated with an eve(...)

The Costumed Charity Promenade is part of the annual Jane Austen Festival

Steam is rising off the water, and golden evening light reflects on to the Bath stone of the ancient abbey. A gathering of modern-day Jane Austen char(...)

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An audible sigh of relief was heard around the country at 2pm on Thursday as students opened their English exam paper and found that all the predicted(...)

Paul Romer: ordered his staff to write more clearly, shut them up whenever they banged on interminably in presentations, and insisted all reports were short and lucid

The story was one of the saddest I have read in ages. The World Bank’s chief economist ordered his staff to write more clearly, shut them up whenever (...)

Sally Rooney: “Imagine the voice you use when you’re emailing a good friend – that’s your voice.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When she was 22, Sally Rooney was, in her own words, “the number one competitive debater on the continent of Europe”. This was only a few years ago. I(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: “I will drink the martini and order another two.” Photograph: Frank Augstein/PA Wire

Bank of England governor Mark Carney is partial to a martini, apparently, and likes a joke, but has trouble telling a genuine email from a hoax. Car(...)

Yes to . . . a city break in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland This incredible weather, heating us all up happily. Bluebells Glorious right now. Walk in the woodlands and wonder. Galway Arts Festival (...)

Donald Trump. “Even in a profession famous for creative disingenuousness, the current US president has been cavalier with la vérité.” Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t worry. This is not another column about Donald Trump. But you’ve already spotted his name in it? You sense an argument involving the new preside(...)

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is putting forward plans to clamp down on firms selling contract for difference (CFD) products to retail customers. Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA Wire

If you want to know whether a regulatory crackdown is tough enough, just look at how shares in the sector respond when the new rules are revealed. T(...)

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel  as mother and daughter Lorelai and Rory Gilmore: “swimming in white privilege”.

An important hunk of millennial culture is about to be reanimated online. It passed me by at the time. It passed a lot of people by at the time. Thes(...)

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