People outside Saint Sulpice  participate in the Chrism Mass as part of Holy Week, as bells ring in tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Bells rang all over France in a magnificent homage to Notre Dame cathedral at 6.50pm on Wednesday, 48 hours after a devastating fire broke out in the (...)

An Indian girl looks at a painting depicting the  Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, in the run-up to the 100th anniversary pf the atrocity on April 13th, 1919. Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

After a long and tempestuous life in the service of British imperialism, Sir Michael O’Dwyer had got used to a quiet life. He endured years of recrim(...)

Bumble bee feeding on cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Few months in the gardening year are more joyful than April with its oh-so-pretty froth of flowers and newborn greenery. It is the gardening month mo(...)

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 (...)

“Yes” campaigners celebrate after the Lisbon Treaty referendum, outside Dublin Castle on  October 3rd, 2009. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

An insightful Spanish diplomat once suggested to me that the problem with a referendum was that it’s like inviting somebody to the cinema. If they say(...)

Illusionist Uri Geller is perhaps best known for his trademark spoon-bending trick. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Illusionist Uri Geller has told Theresa May he will “not allow” her to lead Britain out of the European Union. In an open letter to the British prime(...)

Gibraltar train at the Victoria Stadium ahead of their clash with Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

By tradition when the British House of Commons elects a new Speaker the successful candidate is physically dragged to the Chair by other MPs to remind(...)

Angela Sammon: ‘Like most Remainers, and indeed most people, I’d just like to know what’s going to happen next.’

My office at the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) is a stone’s throw from Westminster. On a sunny morning, it makes for a nice st(...)

Depression, from Latin depressare; to press down, depress

I didn’t so much wake up as emerge slowly from a grim thicket into consciousness. Trapped. As though a great weight lay across my body, pinned to the (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (centre) with members of the Friends of Ireland caucus inside the Ways and Means committee room in the US Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Left, Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and, right, committee chairman Richard Neal. Photograph: Marty Katz

Within the wood-panelled walls of the Ways and Means committee room, on the second floor of the United States Capitol building, sits a sculpture of Wi(...)

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