Royals on tour: Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex in South Africa this week. Photograph: Epa/Kim Ludbrook

Yes, there are many urgent and important things happening in the world. Yes, there is Brexit, climate change and homelessness and the weekend’s sporti(...)

Why do women experience far more harassment on a bike than men?

The American civil rights leader Susan B Anthony wrote in 1896 that the bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world”. S(...)

Joseph Tuohy: his story echoes those of other emigrants who went to England and lost their way.

The story of forgotten Irish emigrant Joseph Tuohy touched the heart of many of our readers in Ireland and abroad this week. The article, written(...)

The love that dare not speak its name.

The last time she spoke to him was on a Friday evening. Normally, they would talk on the phone every Saturday night but this time, she said, why didn’(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson ‘is a smirking dilettante who fancies himself an intellectual’. File photograph: Getty

‘Stop treating all this like a game,” a frustrated Ken Clarke, veteran Tory MP, told Boris Johnson on the floor of the House of Commons recently. Cla(...)

 The closed Shamrock bar on the Killarney road in Newcastle West, Limerick. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

“There were nine pubs in this street at one stage. Then it went down to one. Now it’s back up to four.” Patrick O’Kelly is standing on the street out(...)

The closed Bridge House pub in Newcastle West.  The biggest decline in the number of pubs over the last 15 years has been in Limerick. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The decline of the rural pub is undoubtedly painful for publicans, some of whom have had to shut the door on a long-standing family business. But thei(...)

 Climate change activist Greta Thunberg addresses the media during a news conference in Plymouth, England. Thunberg has crossed the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat to attend a conference on global warming. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo

Why is Greta Thunberg so triggering? How can a 16-year-old girl in plaits, who has dedicated herself to the not-exactly sinister, authoritarian plot o(...)

If you follow somebody because they seem just like you, I can see how it might be irritating when they start flogging frozen chips for cash. But you could just hit mute

“She’s, like, really annoying. I can’t stand her, but I follow her anyway. Is that wrong?” This outburst came over coffee with a woman I’d only just (...)

We’ve been talking about the effects of second-hand smoking for nearly half a century. It’s time we started a conversation about second-hand drinking. Photograph: iStock

The letter writer was annoyed. She was from the United States, and now living in Kinsale. She was writing to The Irish Times to raise the issue of the(...)

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