Mark Twain

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 The Château d’If in Marseilles. Photograph: Patrick Gorski/ Getty Images

If there was little else to recommend it, the first half of 2020 has at least been a chance to catch up on classic books I should have read years ago (...)

The Anaconda Mining Company gave its name to the nearby Montana town

Back in the days when people did the Lough Derg pilgrimage on foot, it used also be the custom to stop en route at the Cavan hamlet of Swanlinbar and (...)

Clockwise from left: Frances Black, Darina Allen, John Creedon, Eavan Boland, Ann Rossiter, Ailbhe Smyth, Brendan Gleeson and Sheila Gallagher

Brendan Gleeson, Eavan Boland, JOHN CREEDON, DARINA ALLEN and others pass on advice during this uncertain time It can be hard to take stock when(...)

Stephen Boyle of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. ‘We live in a complex world with lots of distractions and lots of stress,’ he says. ‘Stress begets stress and it gets harder and harder to deal with.’

Managers often find their plans and aspirations are derailed by the day-to-day pressures, obstacles, and distractions that come with their jobs. This (...)

What was your epiphany moment, the moment without which the whole course of your life would have turned out differently?

Monday was the Feast of the Epiphany. But epiphany isn’t just something that happened 2,000 years ago. We all have moments of epiphany, moments of sud(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald giving her keynote speech during her party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Northern command of Sinn Féin, so to speak, was in good shape at the weekend, even if their comrades south of the Border weren’t quite so confiden(...)

South Africa’s Faf de Klerk scores a try at the  Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan in  Tokyo Stadium on Sunday.  Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain. This is a country where size is not everything, whe(...)

A portrait of William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922)  in 1917. Photograph: Albert Witzel/ Public Domain

Alfred Hitchcock once asserted that “When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise”. Yet whil(...)

Ford’s concept crossover. The company says it will be ‘adding to our product line-up and by 2020 we’ll have the freshest showroom in the industry’.

A demise, as Mark Twain once said, can often be greatly exaggerated. Ford has been taking the scissors to its “conventional” vehicle line-up, both in (...)

Russi Taylor, best known for voicing the Disney character Minnie Mouse, died at  75 years old. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty

The actress who voiced Minnie Mouse for more than 30 years has died at the age of 75. Russi Taylor died in Glendale, California, on Friday, Disney sa(...)

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