Karl Jenkins: one critic has described him as classical music’s “Marmite Man”

For several weeks recently, my Dublin neighbourhood was mystified (or at least I was mystified on its behalf) by a daily broadcast of the Muslim call (...)

Protesters call for a hard Brexit near 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Listening to Theresa May’s big Brexit speech last week, I remembered that the English have a taste for heroic failure. Their favourite poem, Rudyard K(...)

Loughton House, a 13-bedroom Georgian mansion in Moneygall, Co Offaly

Dr James Reilly chuckles like “Bottler” as he recalls the first night he slept in “The King’s Bed” at his newly-acquired country mansion. And, no, not(...)

The GAA has been smart in it’s guidelines which divide participants up into three very distinct areas: the child, youth and adult. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

It’s that time of the year again. Summer holidays almost here. No school. And summer camps which cater for a wide range of interests. The GAA is up th(...)

Everyman Theatre, Cork ★★★★ There’s very little left of Rudyard Kipling in this Metta Theatre version of The Jungle Book, staged as part of the C(...)

When Marco Tardelli put Italy 2-0 up against West Germany with just 21 minutes left to play in the 1982 World Cup Final, he broke into a semi-ci(...)

Writing Observe the Sons of Ulster was an eye-opener for Frank McGuinness, a Catholic republican

In 1985, as the Troubles ground mercilessly on, the memory of the first World War was still a source of division. In the Republic there was a willed (...)

Rudyard Kipling  Photograph: Getty Images

In an entertaining if racist short story from 1891, Rudyard Kipling has his narrator visit a tiny Himalayan kingdom, between India and Tibet, where th(...)

Darina Allen examines chillies at a market stall during her visit to Myanmar

I spent a couple of weeks in Myanmar recently and was enchanted. Despite living through war and dictatorship, the people are warm, welcoming and cour(...)

Honed down to essentials: ‘Woods’ by Ed Miliano, who says the ideas behind Japanese design are as much about living as they are about making

Painstaking, time consuming, spiritual? Splashy flashy Manga mixtures? Big eyed Anime? And what about schoolgirl kitsch? Japan is an enigma, but a hig(...)

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