Seamus Heaney

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BBC radio news announcer Alvar Liddell. This year the BBC marks its 100th anniversary. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Getty Images

The BBC was founded 100 years ago by Lord Reith with a mission to “inform, educate and entertain”. But those pioneering boffins in London in 1922 coul(...)

Your thoughts follow your mood. Manage your mindset and master your mood.

In American Football, there is a common phrase that can be heard reverberating around locker rooms throughout this sacred season. I first heard these (...)

Migrants clash with Polish law enforcement officers as they attempt to cross into Poland from Belarus. Photograph: Leonid Shcheglov/Belta/AFP via Getty

“Human beings suffer/ they torture one another, they get hurt and get hard.” These words by Seamus Heaney have rattled around my mind while covering (...)

Charlie Bird: ‘I wish I could say I was the strongest man in the world, but I’ve cried my eyes out over the last month, and I don’t sleep at night.’Photograph: Alan Betson

As Charlie Bird opens his front gate, there’s no hint that anything might be amiss. Lean and spry in build, sporting the goatee he grew since his reti(...)

A monument in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Anton Chekhov’s book Sakhalin Island, which he wrote after a trip to the then prison island in 1890. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Jaded travellers bemoaning the remoteness of Sakhalin, a rugged island in the Russian Far East that is twice the length of Ireland, should spare a tho(...)

Leo Varadkar in 2017, the year he told  the Dáil that, having seen children with scoliosis when he was a medical student: ‘I vowed to myself that if I ever had the privilege to hold political office, to be minister for health or taoiseach, I would try to do something about this.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sometimes words really do fail us. There are truths that can be articulated only in a heart-wrenching sigh. We heard that sound last week on RTÉ radi(...)

Aoife McHugh aims to raise awareness about thrombosis and its symptoms

About one-third of people with undiagnosed and untreated pulmonary embolism don’t survive, according to the Mayo Clinic. When the condition is diagnos(...)

An account of the first UFO sighting in Ireland, 1679 (€1,750)

The first documented report of a UFO,or flying saucer, in the United States was in 1947 when entrepreneur Kenneth Arnold claimed to see a group of nin(...)

Fintan O’Toole (centre) as a boy

'There has been no straight flight path from the poor and benighted Ireland of the 1950s to... shiny modernity': Fintan O'Toole looks at the story&(...)

Pat Garret’s single-action Colt gun used to shoot Billy the Kid achieved in excess of $6m at Bonham’s sale in Los Angeles this week.

There was lively bidding in Los Angeles this week when the gun used to kill Billy the Kid sold for in excess of $6 million (€5.78 million) at a Bonham(...)

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