Mary Black

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Grey clouds: the Irish in Australia are facing a recession. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Covid-19 has posed a significant challenge to the fortunes of the Irish in Australia. But many aren’t running for the exit, despite a looming reces(...)

Pandemic: the first cases of coronavirus in Gaza were reported in March. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty

Irish artists have joined international colleagues as signatories to an open letter published yesterday that urges an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza am(...)

Sunrise in the Dollymount area of Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mental health charity Pieta House is bolstering itself for a further surge in calls over the coming weeks and months as lockdown measures are eased an(...)

Our national anthem was originally written by Peadar Kearney in English and was translated into Irish only in 1916.

As a sports fan I find myself singing Amhrán na bhFiann quite a lot: whether it is watching soccer or rugby internationals at the Aviva or (less frequ(...)

The musical sisters released a song last month called  Calm the Soul.

An order of Irish nuns has caught the eye of a top TV talent scout in the UK. The Poor Clares of Nuns’ Island in Galway are resisting invitations how(...)

Ireland soccer player James McClean, also a signatory. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/©INPHO

More than 1,000 representatives of civic society across Ireland and among the diaspora have signed an open letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar calling fo(...)

Carmel Winters, producer of the film Float Like a Butterfly, at the Traveller Pride Awards  in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital where she presented the Charleville Women’s group from Cork with the award for arts and culture. Photograph: James Forde

A finalist from last month’s Ireland’s Got Talent competition was among eight winners at the annual Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin, presented on Thu(...)

 Fran Ryder, Bobby Doyle (right), Kevin Moran (behind) and other members of the 1970s Dublin team carry the coffin of their former team-mate Anton O’Toole into the Mount Argus church in Kimmage. Photograph: James Forde

The coffin of Dublin GAA star Anton O’Toole was hauled to church on the shoulders of five separate football teams, the mark of a man whose sporting gr(...)

Mary Black, contestant and presenter

At one point in the brisk first episode of Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song (RTÉ One, Sunday, 7.30pm), George Furey considers The Green Fields of France,(...)

One senses the nation leaning nervously into a particularly awkward series of centenary commemorations. The 1916 anniversary went well. The first Worl(...)

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