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My head aches and a drowsy numbness pains my sense as though of hemlock I had drunk. The weariness, the fever, and the fret, feeling pale and spectre-(...)

Comedian David Mitchell has just published his latest collection of Observer columns, Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy.

David Mitchell has some strong opinions. “Sorry about going off on one about various things,” he says at the end of our interview. I don’t mind. It’s (...)

The  Long Room library in Trinity College Dublin.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room is famous around the world for its stunning collection of rare library books. The fact that all of the 40 marble s(...)

The Big Chapel X runs from August 11th to 17th in Callan, Co Kilkenny.Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

Much Ado About Nothing The Quad at St Kiernan’s College, ends Aug 17th, 8pm (Sat and Sun mat 3.30pm) kilkennyarts.ie Love is a kind of con job in Wi(...)

Former British prime minister David Cameron: his egotistical capriciousness allowed the Leave campaign to offer a pure negative: vote for what you don’t want (EU membership). Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Nothing will come of nothing. Perhaps the greatest work of the English imagination, William Shakespeare’s King Lear is about the break-up of Brit(...)

 Police officers arrest a  fan at Aliados Square in Porto on Thursday night. Rui Farinha/EPA

Back in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally frightening place, a group of Leeds United supporters noticed that t(...)

A  delirious patient may be   sitting quietly but have no clear idea of where they are, or what time, day, month or year it is. Photograph: iStock

“Death, having preyed upon the outward parts, leaves them invincible, and his siege is now against the mind; that which he pricks and wounds with many(...)

Fortgranite Estate in Baltinglass in Co Wicklow

The forthcoming sale of the contents of Fortgranite Estate in Baltinglass in Co Wicklow by Fonsie Mealy offers an insight into the remarkable history (...)

Ian Paisley jnr: plenty of reading material in his Irish passport. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Watching BBC’s Newsnight programme on Thursday, I was intrigued to hear presenter Kirsty Wark use the word “thrawn” in a question to an interviewee. I(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

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