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The art project by Cliona Harmey displays the names of the most recent ships to arrive into and leave from Dublin Port

Irish trains are named for rivers, while the planes in the Aer Lingus fleet carry the names of saints. This creates the lovely idea of locomotives (...)

Greece’s newly appointed finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on a street in Athens on January 27th, 2015. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

If Greece’s new tie-less prime minister appears unconventional when compared with his EU counterparts, then his freshly appointed finance minister wil(...)

‘The best use of clichés is thoughtful and sparing; they may provide a small and comfortable foundation from which we can take our readers or listeners on an interesting journey.’

Clichés represent a paradox: they are used by all speakers, and are familiar to everyone, yet they are never evaluated appreciatively or even neutrall(...)

Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

It is just after 8.30pm on a Tuesday, and Howard Jacobson is sitting at his desk in London, his computer still on, waiting to finish his working day. (...)

Twin peaks: Poolbeg, photographed from the air. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. Four years after the Poolbeg power station in Dublin Bay was closed, the ESB has said it will decide by the e(...)

Workers are busy next to a figure of Gulliver at Gulliver’s World amusement park in Pudalga on Usedom island, Germany. Photograph: Stefan Sauer/ AP Photo

DEREK SCALLYin BerlinThe man lies motionless in the sand – 36 metres long, 17 metres wide and five metres high – is wearing a blue jacket and green s(...)

James Barry: ‘Self-portrait as Timanthes’. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Cork-born painter James Barry bestrides the Irish visual imagination like a colossus. But, despite his magnitude, he managed to remain invisible f(...)

Michael Collins and Harry Boland play hurling at Croke Park on the day of a Leinster Hurling final - an image published in September 1921. Photograph: Piaras Béaslaí Collection/NLI

Thousands of digitised images, including dozens relating to historical figures like the Duke of Wellington, Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewar(...)

Portrait of George Berkeley by John Smybert (1727)

George Berkeley occupies a place in philosophy above perhaps any other Irish thinker. But the former bishop of Cloyne and Trinity College Dublin al(...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

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