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Buying carpets in Istanbul. Photograph: Getty

In 2013, a collective sigh from the attendees of a Sotheby’s auction in New York echoed throughout the room. A 17th-century Kerman carpet achieved $33(...)

Ferdia MacAonghusa: “Illness is something you carry, that you live with however you can. It’s a part of who you are, and being at war with a part of yourself is pretty damn uncomfortable.”

In hospital the first time, a social worker came into my room. I was 16, in a children’s ward – too tall for all the beds and frankly freaked out. My (...)

Tanya Sweeney: “I’ve started to think about the times my own mother taught me left from right, tying shoelaces, the difference between ‘their’, ‘they’re’ and there’. The most basic and quotidian things, doled out in moments of selflessness and sacrifice.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

When you get pregnant, you hear a lot of very nice platitudes. “You’re glowing.” (That’s not a glow, that’s a life without wine.) “You’ll be an amazin(...)

 Image from the funeral of John Reynolds in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Music promoter John Reynolds was remembered at his funeral on Thursday as “innovative, energetic and ambitious”, as an immensely hard worker and as a (...)

Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is destroyed moments after being sold for more than £1m. Photograph: PA  Banksy’s Girl With Balloon is destroyed moments after being sold for more than £1m. Photograph: PA

The moment I love most in the video Banksy has released of his latest art stunt is when a bespectacled man with the intelligent, well-groomed air of a(...)

President Michael D Higgins: He believes it’s a “myth” that he had an easier campaign than others in 2011 and says his long experience means he might be tougher than his rivals.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

It’s always harder the second time. Back in 2011, Michael D Higgins had dodgy knees but was the only one left standing as his rivals were toppled in (...)

Saturday Night Live: Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump. Photograph: Will Heath/NBC via Getty

Think of all the things Americans love and we don’t: root beer, cheerleaders, Nascar, guns for breakfast. After decades of failing to travel, Saturday(...)

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after attending the Festival of Families at Croke Park during his visit to Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Martin Taylor is among a large group of volunteers who have been recruited to circle the pitch in Croke Park waving flags from around the world as an (...)

Pope Francis at the Croke Park celebrations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pope Francis arrived in Croke Park to a rapturous welcome from more than 80,000 people on Saturday night and looked visibly relaxed as he travelled th(...)

“A skyward scowl.The grim realisation: sun protection must be increased by two million per cent to be in with any chance of avoiding the pork-crackling look.” Photograph: iStock

It was Leonard Cohen who wrote: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” We can all agree that he was ruminating on that which (...)

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