Great buzz: Paul Howard with his beehive in Avoca, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tethered as we are these days to mobile technology, the concept of free time has become nebulous. Far too many of us are always on or always on call. (...)

 A new cabin set-up is to be rolled out in more than 200 of the aircraft American Airlines uses on domestic flights. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Blake

It has been a while since I last flew on American Airlines and from what I’ve been reading about its latest jets in the past few weeks, this is just a(...)

Undated photograph of Éamon de Valera (right) meeting Winston Churchill. Photograph: Royal Irish Academy/PA Wire

Britain handed back the Treaty ports in 1938 based on a false belief that their technological advances would stop German submarines, Seán Lemass belie(...)

Leinster  senior coach Stuart Lancaster: “With Leinster I was lucky in that I came into a team that has a strong culture and a very strong identity because 90% of the players are born in Leinster.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Perhaps in the darkest hours of World Cup 2015, Stuart Lancaster was guided by Winston Churchill’s reverberating utterance that “success is not final,(...)

Millicent Fawcett speaking at the Suffragette Pilgrimage in Hyde Park, London. Photograph: PA Wire

A statue of 19th century British feminist leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in London’s Parliament Square on Tuesday, the first monument honourin(...)

John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

Cpl Patrick Gallagher from Derrintogher, Co Mayo, of the US Marines was shot dead while on patrol in Da Nang on March 30th, 1967.

The US navy is to name a ship after a young Mayo man Cpl Patrick (Bob) Gallagher who was killed in Vietnam in 1967, it was announced in New York on Mo(...)

Frances McDormand accepts the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a fantastic romance involving the relationship between a mute janitor and an aquatic creature, has won best f(...)

Mr Xi has discarded the attempt by Deng Xiaoping to institutionalise checks on the power of China’s leaders — itself a reaction to the wild excesses of the era of Mao Zedong.

Sometimes an announcement succeeds in being both unsurprising and shocking. It had long been evident that China’s Xi Jinping would not — indeed, could(...)

Producer Peter Czernin, British-Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh  and British producer Graham Broadbent (right) pose with their awards for Outstanding British Film for the film  at the Baftas at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has won best film at the British Academy of Film and Television awards (Bafta) at the Roya(...)

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