An urban farm in Havana

By not participating in the ravenous capitalism of the second half of the 20th century, Cuba avoided much of the environmental degradation seen elsewh(...)

Declan McSweeney: ‘For myself and my family, Britain has been a welcoming place.’

“The Brits, or actually the English, hate foreigners,” former leader of the Irish Labour Party Ruairi Quinn told a Tier One seminar on Brexit recently(...)

Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’. Photograph: Richard Johnston

As gardeners, we may occasionally grumble about Ireland’s cool, damp climate but oh, how our daffodils adore it: everywhere I looked this week, I see(...)

Writer, Joe Griffin and his (six day old) daughter Alice, at home in Cabra, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

My daughter, Alice, was born on November 22nd in the Rotunda Hospital, weighing a hefty 3.76kg (8lb 4.5 oz) and changing my life forever. A baby is a(...)

Air Force Blue (USA) ridden by Joseph O’Brien comes home to win The Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Air Force Blue reversed Royal Ascot form with Buratino to give Aidan O’Brien another win in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. Having won se(...)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has spoken recently about attempting to ‘phase out’ Medicare. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Medicare, the US federal health insurance scheme for people over 65, turns 50 this week, and it has been a good half-century. Before Medicare went int(...)