Nicholas Ransley and Gavan Ring in Lismore Opera Festival’s Cosi fan tutte. Photograph: Frances Marshall

The Brussels Philharmonic made its Irish debut in style at the National Concert Hall on May 31st. The orchestra, which was founded by the Belgian pub(...)

‘You might have a glass of wine in the sunshine on Paddy’s Day, but you’re dreaming of the high stool and a creamy pint of Guinness.’ Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times)

Yesterday, Jennifer O’Connell wrote about the 37 signs that you might be Irish. Denise Mooney, who has been living in Australia for over a decade, has(...)

‘My mother is 15 years dead this year, and I found myself thinking about the Christmas pudding that she used to steam in a gallon tin.’ Photograph: Getty Images

This Christmas, I found myself with tears in my eyes about a pudding. And not even a real one, but the memory of a pudding. My mother is 15 years d(...)

Productivity drive?: egg-freezing is complex and uncomfortable, not an easy way to keep women at their desks. Photograph: LWA/Getty

Perhaps it was inevitable that the news that Facebook and Apple pay for their employees to have their eggs frozen – a procedure costing up to €15,000 (...)

Photograph: Purestock/Getty Images

It’s almost that time of year again: the time when we get together with loved ones, off-duty colleagues and friends we haven’t seen all year to ind(...)

“Of all the surprises I’ve had since temporarily moving here, the greatest has been the almost evangelical dedication of many Australians to buying fresh, local produce when it is in season.”

It’s almost mango season here in Australia. I know this because every second person I’ve spoken to in the last couple of weeks has told me so. A dribb(...)

Even Gordon Gekko would get lost with some of today’s business jargon

Do you know your CDOs from your CFDs? Would you be able to spot a black swan if it jumped up and bounced a dead cat off the floor? Or do you someti(...)

Harbouring thoughts of home: Sydney harbour on New Year’s Eve

Every six minutes somebody leaves Ireland for good. In the 12 months up to April this year, 90,000 people emigrated – about 240 every day of the year.(...)

We’ve all been there, sitting in an overheated conference room, halfway through your seventh consecutive meeting about some upcoming meeting, when it suddenly dawns on you that the whole thing is a giant Ponzi scheme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One of the few remaining advantages of my job – now that the bright future, the long lunches and the veneer of glamour have all been stripped away – i(...)

It is the last week of the federal election campaign in Australia, not that you’d ever know it. The lamp posts are free of posters; there are no canva(...)

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