Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

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(...)

A graphic illustration showing the loxodromic and great circle routes from New York to Beijing

If you fly 14,500km due westward from New York you will come to Beijing. The two cities are on the 40th parallel of latitude. However, by flying a gre(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May:  Conservatives fail to understand the UK is a multinational state with four nations. Photograph: Parliament TV via Reuters

The benches and the galleries in the House of Commons were packed but the chamber was quiet and Theresa May looked grave as she made the announcement(...)

Glenda Jackson as King Lear and Rhys Ifans as the Fool in  King Lear  at the Old Vic Theatre. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images

English reserve is not what it used to be, except perhaps in the London theatre, where the applause tends to be scanter and more short-lived than in (...)

On trial: the poet Maung Saungkha is in court this week in Myanmar for a verse he posted online about having a tattoo of the president on his penis. He has spent six months in prison so far

Whether it was the church or the most influential family in Florence, moneyed patrons were always of interest to Michelangelo. But he also had a reput(...)

Cannon dating from 1588 uncovered in excellent condition   at Streedagh, Co Sligo, from the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship, ‘La Juliana’. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht/PA Wire

Severe winter storms over the last two years are believed to have led to the recent discovery of relics from the Spanish Armada off the Irish coast. (...)

Queen Elizabeth is no stranger to Irish. She used it to address guests at a special State Dinner in St Patrick’s Hall Dublin Castle in 2011. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The British monarchy’s official twitter account (@Britishmonarchy) announced the President’s arrival with a tweet as Gaeilge this afternoon. “T(...)

The skeleton of Richard III in a trench at the Grey Friars excavation site in Leicester. Photograph: Reuters

More than five centuries after he went down fighting, England’s medieval monarch Richard III is in the middle of another battle – this time ove(...)

More than 60 benefactors of Trinity College Dublin have ben honoured in  the university’s  dining hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Beneath the ceiling of Trinity College Dublin’s grand dining hall the names have been embossed of some 400 years of benefactors ranging from 16th cent(...)