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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(...)

Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently removed fig leaves from statues of Apollo and Adonis. Photograph: Crawford Gallery

In the brilliantly titled Fig Reveal, Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently supervised the removal of fig leaves from its Canova casts. The statues – of Ap(...)

Richard Proffitt’s installation May the Moon Rise and the Sun Set at UCC’s Dept of Music in Sunday’s Well forms part of the festiva

The modest citizens of Cork may wish to avert their eyes from the Crawford Art Gallery during this year’s Midsummer Festival when The Fig Reveal strip(...)

Crack/craic: William Shakespeare would have put a K in it. Image: Painting known as the ‘Chandos portrait’/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Shakespeare was a man who enjoyed the crack. Or even the “craic”, as 97 per cent of Twitter users now spell it, according to a poll being carried out,(...)

“The reader is a computerised female American, so there are unintentionally humorous results when she encounters Irish place-names or other eccentricities.” Photograph: iStock

Googling a Yeats poem the other day, I chanced on a website, poemhunter.com, that not only displays the text but also reads it for you, uninvited. Th(...)

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