Mourners at the funeral of former State pathologist John Harbison were told about a man who was ‘tremendously popular’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former State pathologist John Harbison who died last Friday aged 84 was “warm, funny and humane ” recalled his daughter Isobel at his funeral service (...)

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, and Kathleen Turner as VI Warshawski

“I’ve been doing it 24 years now and I couldn’t do it any more,” says Lee Child as he hands over the reins of his Jack Reacher series to his brother A(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont  is being challenged by present vice-chairman  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, World Rugby will elect its chairman for the next four years. In the past, this event has held about as much interest for rugby people (...)

Seishi Yokomizo

The Honjin Murders, the classic Japanese detective novel by Seishi Yokomizo, is the perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will (...)

In a Word . . .

Bless my sweet soul but I nearly fell out of my standing the other day when I came across this latest piece of bumpf from Fáilte Ireland about my own (...)

Daragh Breathnach and student Roseann doing Chi Sau.

Each week, we are looking at a specific martial art – where it comes from, what the focus is, benefits, dangers, and where in Ireland it is practice. (...)

“GK Chesterton was certainly no ascetic, enjoying cigars and alcohol as well as food. Unlike most saints, he was also happily married.”

The writer GK Chesterton was unusual for many reasons, ranging from his physical enormity – he stood 6 feet 4 and weighed more than 20 stone (130kg) –(...)

An illustration of Prof James Moriarty in Conan Doyle’s work bears a striking resemblance to a photograph of Prof George Boole (left) and may well have been based on it.

A fascinating parallel between a brilliant mathematician and an arch-villain of crime fiction is drawn in a forthcoming book – New Light on George Boo(...)

A selection of cans from Whiplash Brewing Company

It’s no secret that beer has undergone a significant makeover in recent years. Far from the pints of plain on which we were raised, the discerning bee(...)

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