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 ‘Game of Thrones’ cast members with their awards. Photograph:  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The dragons held off Netflix. Game of Thrones stormed the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night, taking home the best drama Emmy for the third ti(...)

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Ciotóg, claw hand, wrong hand – historically left-handedness was seen as a curse. The word “left” has long been associated with wrongness or devianc(...)

Poor Clare Nun Sr Colette Marie pictured in the Poor Clare’s Convent, College Road, Cork city. Photograph: Clare Keogh/The Irish Times

At 5.30am every day, Sr Colette Marie, who is a nun in the Poor Clare, an enclosed order in Cork, gets a knock on her door telling her and the other s(...)

Having a beard seems to involve a lot of hassle for relatively little pay-off.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

For some years, style journalists have been speculating that that the beard is finished. Fads like this usually last a year or two, and given that the(...)

 Under current plans the date of the inauguration on November 11th clashes with the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, the ending of World War One.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has said it is constitutionally bound to hold the Presidential inauguration on the centenary of the Armistice. On Tuesday, Minister f(...)

Roger Varian: his Realtra ended a run of three wins in a row in the seven furlong for Dermot Weld a year ago. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ken Condon’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised is set to have one more run in 2018, with a return to France for Longchamp’s Prix de La Foret a like(...)

 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

The president Mrs Mary Robinson with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Eric Luke

A historic courtesy call by president Mary Robinson on Queen Elizabeth II features in this year’s declassified Stormont files, released by the Public (...)

 DUP Leader Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to meet the pope at Dublin Castle. She will not be sending a representative and has not explained why. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to meet the pope at Dublin Castle, issued by the Irish Government, because she will be on a family(...)

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Graham /AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull clung to power on Wednesday as rebel Liberal Party deputies pressed for a second leadership contest just a(...)

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