John Breen

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Synnott’s elevation to the main stage at Wexford is only the latest in a long line of operatic successes from Irish composers.

The day I met up with Andrew Synnott was the day he had made his conducting debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He conducted a morning con(...)

The Great Yellow Bumblebee. Photograph: John Breen

In 2004, two scientists took on a mammoth task: to systematically survey every county in Ireland for bees. They figured it would take them two years, (...)

 A New York policeman stands guard in Times Square not far from the site of a pipe bomb explosion on December 11th. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The word that an explosive device had gone off on the New York subway spread instantaneously through Manhattan on Monday, reviving fears of the Septem(...)

The country’s three waste authorities are looking at by-laws to ensure that anyone producing waste is disposing of it properly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hoarding household waste in spare rooms, yards, sheds and attics is increasingly common, according to local authorities, who complain that they cannot(...)

Matt Costello  moved to New York in 2011 and now has a Green Card: “It is no longer politically tenable to expect any kind of special deal”, he says

Four years ago Matt Costello, then living in New York, was on the horns of a dilemma. He was in a serious relationship with Jacquelyn Rawlings, a fash(...)

Gardaí at the scene of a murder at Esker Glebe, Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bus Éireann plan could spark major transport dispute The country is facing a potentially major industrial dispute across bus and rail services in t(...)

Media, supporters and protestants gather outside Trump Tower. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/EPA

I was asked to go and talk to some Trump voters so I sent out a bunch of text messages and got some very grumpy replies along the lines of,” I don’t k(...)

People wait in line to pay respects to the family of Anthony Foley who lay   in repose in St. Flannan’s Church, Killaloe in Co Clare on Thursday. Photograph: PA

There are some things you take for granted. Things that are just a good part of everyday life, sometimes you don’t notice them, but they make life w(...)

Syrian refugees awaiting relocation from Jordan. Photograph: AP Photo/Raad Adayleh

Kerry County Council, which housed six Syrian refugee families last week, has had to delay accepting six more families because of the difficulties it (...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

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