Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January 2014, to announce two concerts that would never take place. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Everybody knows what Marx said about history repeating itself: first as tragedy, second as farce. But some rare events manage to unfurl as both simult(...)

Seán Ó Baoill agus Máire Bhreathnach i stiúideo An Focal Scoir.

Foclóir: Ilghnéitheach - diverse; iolartha - manifold; paiteanta - exact; sprioc - target, sraith - series, cáiréis - care, aoi - guest, aosú - ageing(...)

Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Comments made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in which he outlined his reasons for appointing a non-Irish speaker to the post of Minister of State for Gae(...)