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Irish philosopher George Berkeley believed ‘participation in social order was really central to being human’.  Image: Hulton Archive

The days of uncritically lionising great men of western civilisation are coming to an end. Some see this as a threat to social order but surely hero-w(...)

Michael Collins arriving at Earlsfort Terrace for a Dáil meeting in January  1921. Photograph:   Independent News And Media/Getty Images

On the evening of December 5th, 1921, after two months locked in negotiations with the Irish, the British prime minister David Lloyd George decided th(...)

Guinness Six Nations Championship at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on February 1st, 2020.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Back in misty memory, in the time before face masks, nasal swabs and personal bottles of hand sanitiser, there was nothing on this planet like the ene(...)

 Emily Kristine Pedersen  poses next to the trophy after winning the Saudi Ladies International   at the King Abdullah Economic City, north of Jeddah. Photograph:  Amer Hilabi/AFP via Getty Images

The pier walk threw out a couple of lines from the swarthy Welsh love machine Tom Jones in a hit from 1971. The braggadocio anthem, She’s a Lady, was (...)

Donal Hurson: Loved the company of his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, his friends and neighbours

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at

Photographer Terry O’Neill  at the Sunday Times Magazine 50th Anniversary Party at Saatchi Gallery in February  2012 in London, England. File photograph: Stuart Wilson/Getty

Terry O’Neill, who as a novice photographer found himself shooting pictures of an up-and-coming group called the Beatles and never looked back – spend(...)

Tick Tock Tour Town which was U2’s first tour, and 11 O’Clock Tick Tock was their first international single

The forthcoming auction by Aidan Foley in Sixmilebridge in Co Clare this coming Tuesday offers a collection of more than 1,000 items acquired by Limer(...)

 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: in the penultimate paragraph of his 2018 New Year missive he  said he intended to “go deeper and study” encryption and cryptocurrency. Photograph: Getty Images

Most people missed Mark Zuckerberg’s first hint that Facebook was preparing his boldest bet in years. Buried in the penultimate paragraph of his 2018(...)

‘They should really have a major, major sign when you come down here.’

Swimmers and dog-walkers were surprised not to see bigger signs and flags on Seapoint beach on Friday after a swimming ban for south Dublin’s coastlin(...)

Rob Brydon:   “No one can say: ‘Oh, not another film about middle-aged men taking up synchronised swimming,’’’  Photograph: Jeff Vespa/ WireImage

Days before I meet Rob Brydon, the affable “None-More-Welsh” comedian and actor pops up on Graham Norton’s couch to compare sporting achievements with(...)

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